Our football match prediction:
Hampden Park will host Thursday’s football match between Scotland and Slovakia. The Scotts face a must-win game against the Slovaks and we predict that they will leave their hearts on the field. Gordon Strachan’s troops proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Lithuania and Malta, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s match against Marek Hamsik and Co. Slovakia are eager to book their place in the play-offs as well and they are likely to go for a win in the Hampden Park showdown. The Slovaks failed to defend their lead in a 2-1 loss to England in their last qualifying match, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Scotland game. Jan Kozak’s troops outplayed Scotland (3-0) in the reverse fixture and we believe that there is a certain value in betting on the visitors. A man to watch in the away team will be aforementioned Serie A ace Marek Hamsik.
Highlighted Player (Craig Forsyth):
Craig Forsyth is a left back who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well. The Derby County footballer was born on 24 February, 1989 and he started his youth career at Carlogie Boys Club. Forsyth spent five years in Dundee (2006-2011), but it has to be noted that he played for Montrose and Arbroath (on loan) during his spell at Dens Park. The Scottish footballer joined Watford in June, 2011 for an undisclosed fee and he did well to score on his debut against Burnley in the opening match of the 2011/2012 Championship campaign. He played 20 games for the Hornets in the 2011/2012 season, but on 19 October, 2012, he was sent on loan to Bradford City. After ending his loan spell with Bradford, Forsyth signed a loan deal with Derby County on 4 March, 2013 and nine months later he penned a permanent teal with the Rams. The left back made 46 league appearances for Derby County in the 2013/2014 campaign, scoring two goals in the process.
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.