Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
City Arena Trnava will host Thursday’s football game between Slovakia and Wales, the two teams who are fighting hard to book their place at the 2020 European Championship. Slovakia quickly bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Croatia, with the team beating Hungary 2-1 in Budapest in their last qualifying match. The Slovaks do not want to stop now and seeing that Wales were more than fortunate to beat Azerbaijan in their last qualifier, we believe that home win should be considered.
The Dragons are tough to beat at home, but they struggle on the travels and despite the fact that key player Gareth Bale is fit, Ryan Giggs’ troops are likely to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced midfielder Marek Hamsik, who played for Napoli from 2007 to 2019. You should know that Slovakia are eyeing their first win over Wales since 2006.
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 (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date.
Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015.
Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.