Slovakia vs Spain Match Preview and Prediction

Time: Wednesday, June 23 19:00 hours (Group E)

The final group stage matches continue with Slovakia travelling to Sevilla Spain to play their final group stage match and the match will be officiated by legendary referee Björn Kuipers. Spain with home advantage are the favourites to win and are looking to impress home fans after 1-1 draw with Poland. Slovakia have had an impressive start with two goal win against Poland and losing to Sweden. They are also looking for a win even though the odds are against them, which means we are in for an exciting match at the Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla. It must be said we expect Spain to win  to become the second nation to qualify in Group E for the round of 16 after Sweden.

Slovakia

They remain unbeaten in their last two group stage final in major tournaments (Euro 2016 ended 0-0 against England & the 2010 World Cup beating Italy 3-2) and will probably cause damage to the host Nation as they visit Spain for their final group stage match. Slovakia have only won one out of six meetings with Spain drawing and losing 4 matches, with a home victory back in 2012 Euros qualifier. They haven’t lost back to back games under their coach Štefan Tarkovic. Slovakia are fighting for qualifications and are not ready to settle for possible next round position. Despite having 3 points with Spain having just 2 points in the table the visitors may settle for an away draw enabling Slovakia to qualify for the round of 16 (Knockout stage).

Team formation: 4-2-3-1

Starting lineup;

Forwards Ondrej Duda (CF) Robert Mak (LF) Marek Hamsik (AM) Martin Koscelnik (RB)

Midfielders Patrick Hrošovsky (CM) Juraj Kučka (CM)

Defenders Thomas Hubocan (LB) Milan Skriniar (CB) Lubo Šatka (CB) Peter Pekarik (RB).

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka (GK)

Injured/doubtful players: Ivan Schranz (CF) & Denis Vavro (CB).

Spain

The home team has had four draws in their last major tournament and are close to Spain, which has the longest successive draws (5) and have missed 5 penalties out of 8 in the Euro Championship Tournament. The Spanish side has won all three meetings with Slovakia on homes soil scoring a total of 11 goals and only conceding two goals. In the Euro 2020 Spain have draw both matches in the group stages (0-0 & 1-1) and the only nation to have draw three successive times is Portugal in 2016 Euro Championship, which they won. Their captain Sergio Busquets is still out and with the no other injury to report on Luis Enrique side its safe to say that Spain are in good form to win the match.

Team formation: 4-3-3

Possible Starting Lineup;

Forwards Ferran Torres (LF) Alvaro Morata (CF) Gerard Moreno (CF)

Midfielders Pedri (AM) Rodri Hernández (CM) Koke (CM)

Defenders Jordi Alba (LB) Pau Torres (CB) Aymeric Laporte (CB) Marcos Llorente (RB).

Goalkeeper Unai Simôn (GK).

Head-to-head

Slovakia 1 draws 0 Spain 1 win.

Match Prediction

Spain to win (1.20)

BTTS NO 1.52

Over 2.5 (1.65)

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