Our match prediction:
Wales did suffer a 3-0 loss to Sweden in their final warm-up game, but it has to be noted that coach Chris Coleman rested several first-team regulars in the game against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. Gareth Bale returns to the starting line-up for the Euro 2016 opener and all eyes will be on the Real Madrid ace when the two teams take on each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Saturday. Slovakia, on the other hand, impressed in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, with the team beating European champions Spain in the process and they did well to upset Germany in their penultimate warm-up game. Jan Kozak’s team seems to be well organized and well balanced and we predict that they will pick up at least one point from the Wales game. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Saturday’s football match and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highligted Player (Ben Davies):
After graduating from the Swansea City academy, Ben Davies was surprisingly given a chance to shine as Neil Taylor suffered a difficult injured, and he grabbed it with both hands to become a starter in his first ever Premier League season. The Welsh left-back, who is also capable of operating in the heart of defence, continued with impressive performances in the elite division and one more strong season saw Tottenham Hotspur express their interest in his services and eventually secured his signature. Davies has since been vying England international Danny Rose for a starting position and even though he has been playing second fiddle of late, the defender is seen as a great prospect for the future. After initially playing at left-back in the Wales national team, Davies was moved to left centre-back position as Chris Coleman switched to 5-4-1 formation, and he has impressed playing alongside captain Ashley Williams and James Chester as the Dragons clinched qualification to the Euro 2016 finals.
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.