Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
There will be fireworks when Slovenia and Slovakia face each other at Stadion Stozice in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Wednesday’s program. Slovenia kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign in style, with the team beating Croatia at home, but they failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Russia and Cyprus. The “Zmajceki” face a difficult task in the midweek qualifier, and we do not believe that home win should be considered.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Serie A ace Josip Ilicic. Slovakia, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Russia. Even though Stefan Tarkovic’s men failed to impress at the EURO 2020 finals, they are surely capable of beating Slovenia, who suffered a dip in form in the WC qualifiers. Fit-again midfielder Juraj Kucka is pushing for a start, while both Frantisek Plach and Vernon De Marco have received their first call-ups.
Highlighted Player (Andraz Sporar):
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on February 27, 1994, Andraz Sporar is a striker who plays for Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. Sporar spent his youth career at the likes of Olimpija, MNK Ljubljana and Interblock and he continued playing for the last mentioned club at senior level.
After scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances for the club, the Slovenian attacker moved to his hometown club Olimpija Ljubljana where he earned the captaincy. Andraz Sporar was scoring goals for fun in the Slovenian top flight, netting 46 goals in 95 appearances in the league, but he then decided to take a step forward in his career.
In the 2015/2016 season he moved to Swiss outfit Basel, but he made no more than 19 appearances in the league for the RotBlau. During his spell with Basel Sporar played for Arminia Bielefeld on loan as well and in the winter of 2018 he joined Slovan Bratislava. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut with Slovenia in November 2016 against Malta.
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.