Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 5-1 win over Azerbaijan, Slovakia will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Croatia at City Arena Trnava. The Slovaks aim to cement their spot in top two in Group E, but beating the World Cup vice-champions is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be former Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, who scored a brace in a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.
Croatia quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Hungary, with the team beating Wales 2-1 in front of home fans in June. Zlatko Dalic’s troops are determined to keep their hopes of securing automatic qualification for Euro 2020 alive and seeing that key player Luka Modric is fit, we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from the City Arena Trnava showdown.
Highlighted Player (Marek Hamsik):
Marek Hamsik is a Slovakian football player born on 27th of July 1987 in Banska Bystrica. Hamsik strated his football career playing for Slovan Bratislava where he made his debut in 2004. After 4 games he got transferred to Brescia where he played for more than 64 games.
In season 2007/2008 Hamsik signed a contract at Napoli which paid Brescia approximately 5.5 million euro. Hamsik made his debut for the Slovakian national team in February 2007 and participated in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.Hamsik is a offensive midfielder which is known for his impressive vision.
Hamsik was part of the Napoli team that managed to became runner up and reach to the Champions League. With Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi Napoli was a feared team. Hamsik won the Coppa Italia twice in 2011/2012 and in 2013/2014 with Napoli. In the season 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 Hamsik was rewarded as the best Slovakian football player of the year.
Highlighted Team (Croatia):
While the national football team of Croatia also played international matches between 1940 and 1944, they only resumed their duties in 1990 after the country gained independence from Yugoslavia. Vatreni enjoyed a remarkable start on the international stage, winning the third place on their first ever World Cup appearance in France in 1998, while crashing out in the group stage at the 2002, 2006 and 2014 tournaments.
Croatia also reached the quarter-finals at the 1996 and 2008 European Championships, proving they are rightly considered one of Europe’s top sides at the start of the 21st century. Long-serving captain Darijo Srna is their most capped player with over 130 appearances for the national team, whereas former Real Madrid striker Davor Suker is one of their most famous players and top scorer with 45 goals.
Other notable footballers to have played for Croatia include Luka Modric, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. Miroslav Blazevic and Slaven Bilic are the coaches that have been behind team’s biggest success stories up to date.