Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Slovakia did well to qualify for Euro 2016 finals, but they have been playing below expectations in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Slovaks suffered a 1-0 loss to England in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign and, to make things even worse for the fans, they were beaten by Slovenia in their second group game on Saturday evening. Jan Kozak is under big pressure ahead of the visit of Scotland and his men have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Gordon Strachan’s men. Scotland failed to impress in their second group game against Lithuania, with the team picking up only one point from the match and we would not be surprised if they suffer a loss to Slovakia at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho. The Slovaks are determined to record their first win in Group F and, taking everything into account, we predict that Marek Hamsik and Co. are going to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Jon McLaughlin):
Jon McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Sunderland. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since.
Jon McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
Jon McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
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.