Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
All eyes will be on Tehelne pole when Slovania and Bosnia & Herzegovina face each other in the Group J derby. The Slovaks played out a goalless draw with Luxembourg in their opener, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into victory. As before, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, who is enjoying a season to remember with the Serie A league leaders. Boavista forward Robert Bozenik is pushing for a rare start.
The Balkan Dragons, on the other hand, got off to a flying start to their EURO 2024 qualifying campaign, with the team outplaying Iceland 3-0 in Zenica, but beating Slovakia on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards at Tehelne pole, and we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Experienced Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while fellow superstar Miralem Pjanic has been ruled out with injury.
Highlighted Player (Rade Krunic):
Rade Krunic is a product of Sutjeska Foca youth football school. The Bosnia international was born in Foca on October 7, 1993 and 19 years later he made his senior debut with his hometown club Sutjeska.
After scoring three goals in 15 appearances for the Bosnian club, the Bosnian midfielder moved to Serbian side Donji Srem in 2013. In 2014 he signed a contract with Italian side Hellas Verona, but he was immediately loaned back to Donji Srem. In 2015 Rade Krunic made 13 appearances for Serbian side Borac Cacak before joining yet another Italian team Empoli.
He has been playing for the Azzurri ever since and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Serie A side in a 2-0 win over Genoa in October, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Krunic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in a friendly against Denmark on June 3, 2016. He has 8 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come.
Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.