Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Scotland and Slovakia go head to head at Hampden Park in the Nations League round 3. The Scotts kicked off their Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Israel, with the team beating Czech Republic 2-1 on the road. Steve Clark’s men aim to retain top position in Group 2, and they are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s showdown. Slovakia have been struggling at the back ever since Martin Skrtel retired from international football.
The Slovaks experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Czech Republic, and seeing that Scotland are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Steve Clark’s team. It has to be noted that both Oli McBurnie and Lawrence Shankland are back to contention for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Oliver Burke):
A product of the Nottingham Forest football academy, Oliver Burke made his domestic debut in 2014, when he was only 17 years of age. Born in Kirkcaldy, Oliver Burke is the captain of Scotland Under-21 side who’s faced plenty of criticism ever since leaving the Championship side.
Having left Forest for Red Bull Leipzig in 2016 in a £13 million deal Oliver Burke became the most expensive Scottish player in history, whereas his hit the record book all over again the very next year when West Bromwich Albion saved him from a German misery in a £15 million deal. Burke was regularly praised for his physical ability during his time in the Bundesliga, but Leipzig coaching staff had plenty of tactical questions hanging over his head.
A precocious talent who had only scraped the surface of his own potential, Burke is looking to get his career back on track. Despite being only 21 years of age, Burke already has 5 senior appearances for Scotland under his belt.
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.