Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two neighbor countries, face each other at Sinobo Stadium in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Czech Republic aim to build on a 1-0 win over Poland in a friendly, whilst Slovakia want to give fans yet another reason for celebration following a thrilling 4-1 victory over Ukraine in their last group game. The two teams are level on points in Group 1 and Czech Republic are only one point away from clinching second position in the standings. The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Monday’s football game, but they will surely have opportunities to score on the break. Slovakia impressed in the triumph over Ukraine, but beating Czech Republic on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the horizon and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their last game of the process.
Highlighted Player (Petr Cech):
Petr Cech is a veteran goalkeeper who plays for Premier League side Arsenal. The experienced goalkeeper used to play for Arsenal’s fierce rivals Chelsea in the past and many people were shocked when he signed a four-year contract with the Emirates Stadium outfit on 29 June, 2015.
Petr Cech was always struggling with injuries, but one definitely marked his career. During the clash between Reading and Chelsea the Czech goalkeeper collided with Stephen Hunt and, as a result, he suffered a skull fracture.
This is the reason he has been forced to wear a protective headgear ever since. Petr Cech won four Premier League trophies with Chelsea, while lifting four FA Cup titles. However, in 2012 Cech won the Champions League trophy with the Blues and that is considered the highlight of his career. Petr is married to Martina Dolejsova (now Cechova) and they have a son Darmian and a daughter Adela.
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.