Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two neighbouring countries, face each other at Doosan Arena in what is expected to be a very interesting match. Czech Republic are eager to overtake Scotland in top position as that will see them secure promotion to Nations League A. Boss Jaroslav Slihavy is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that defeated Israel at the weekend, but Premier League attacker Matej Vydra is pushing for a start.
The Slovaks, on the other hand, did remarkably well to qualify for the EURO 2021 finals, with the team beating Northern Ireland in the decider. To make things even better for the fans Stefan Tarkovic’s men defeated Scotland in the Nations League at the weekend as well. Slovakia are desperate to avoid relegation to League C, but home win should be considered as the hosts want this victory more than the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Soucek):
Tomas Soucek is a Czech Republic international who plays for both Slavia Prague and the Czech national team. Soucek is a product of Slavia Prague football academy and after spending several years at the likes of Viktoria Zizkov and Slovan Liberec, he returned to the Sinobo Stadium outfit in the 2017/2018 season.
Tomas Soucek has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague and he made his debut with Czech Republic on November 15, 2016 in a friendly against Denmark. The 192-cm tall midfielder has 13 caps for Czech Republic U21 team as well.
His main position on the field is defensive midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and centre-back as well. Tomas Soucek was born in Havlickuv Brod on February 27, 1995. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Slavia Prague should expire on June 30, 2024.
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.