Our football match prediction:
Malta have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Falcons suffered a loss in each of their four group games and it is no surprise the rock-bottom team are regarded as big underdogs in Sunday’s football game against Slovakia. Malta failed to score in previous four matches in all competitions and they are unlikely to upset the Slovaks at their Ta’Qali National Stadium. Slovakia were beaten by the likes of England and Slovenia at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign, but the team quickly got back on course. Following a 3-0 win over Scotland, Jan Kozak’s men outclassed Lithuania in their last group game and despite the fact that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-0 (friendly) loss to Sweden, we predict that Marek Hamskik and Co. are going to defeat the out-of-sorts Malta on Sunday evening.
Highlighted Player (Svento):
Born on 1 August 1985 in in Ruzomberok, Dusan Svento spent his early career playing for the club from his hometown, and he didn’t need a lot of time to catch the eye of Slavia Prague scouts. The winger joined the Czech giants in 2005 and went on to score 6 goals in 82 league appearances during the four years at the club. Svento then managed to cash in on his solid showings on domestic stage, signing for free-spending Red Bull Salzburg, and he went on to win three league trophies with his new club, while making over 40 appearances in European competitions. Svento has spent last couple of years at FC Koln, struggling for playing time, and it looks as though he will be forced to leave the Billy Goats in search of regular playing time. Making the biggest impact as a left winger, but also capable of operating at left-back, Svento has been a member of the Slovakia national team since 2006, but he was not always considered first team regular and currently has less than 40 caps to his name.
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.