Our prediction for this Nations League match:
City Arena Trnava will host Saturday’s football game between Slovakia and Czech Republic. Slovakia suffered a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in their UEFA Nations League opener, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the clash against neighbours. A man to watch in Jan Kozak’s team will be Marek Hamsik, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Following a 2-1 loss to Ukraine in their UEFA Nations League opener, Czech Republic suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Russia in a friendly game, meaning that they are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Trnava. The Czechs obviously struggle at the back, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Slovakia’s party at City Arena Trnava. You should bear in mind that Slovakia recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Czech Republic in their last meeting on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen.
The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Czech Republic):
Czech Republic national team is the natural successor of the Czechoslovakia side that dominated world football during the 20th century, winning one European Championship trophy and coming second at 1934 and 1962 World Cups. After the separation of the country in 1992, Czech Republic continued the proud tradition by qualifying for each of the next six European Championship finals, losing to Germany in the final of the 1996 tournament.
The Czechs also reached the last eight at the 2012 finals, but their World Cup record of late is pretty disappointing. Since separating from Slovakia, Czech Republic only qualified for one of five World Cup finals. The 1996 generation, featuring players like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Patrik Berger, will forever remained etched in the fans’ memory, while the likes of Milan Baros, Jan Koller, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are some of the other notable footballers.
Highly rated goalkeeper Petr Cech is the team’s most capped player, whereas towering forward Jan Koller tops the goalscoring charts with 55 strikes in 91 games.