Our football match prediction:
Slovakia play host to Slovenia at Stadion Antona in a World Cup qualifier that could well decide which team will make it to the play-offs. Slovakia occupy second place in Group F and seeing that they are only one point clear of third-placed Slovenia in the standings, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the two sides face each other in Trnava. Jan Kozak’s men did not make a flying start to their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, but they are on a four-game winning run in the process ahead of Friday’s football match and we predict that the Slovaks are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration. As expected, Slovenia defeated rock-bottom Malta in their last qualifier, but considering that Srecko Katanec’s men are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on Marek Hamsik and Co, who seem to be on top of their game at the moment.
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 (Slovenia):
Slovenia have been competing on the international stage following the split of Yugoslavia in 1991. The Slovenians were outclassed by France in their first unofficial match (0-5), whilst they shared the spoils with Estonia in their first official game (1-1). The former Yugoslav republic participated at three major football tournaments, with the team making it to the FIFA World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea (2002) and South Africa 2010, whilst booking their place at the Euro 2000 which was hosted by Netherlands and Belgium. Slovenia, though, have yet to make it to the knockout stages of the major tournament and that remains their unfulfilled dream. Srecko Katanec and Zlatko Zahovic are regarded as the most famous footballers who played for the Slovenian national football team and they were part of Slovenia’s “Golden generation”. The Slovenians, who recorded their biggest win against Oman in 1999, welcome their rivals at Ljudski vrt in Stozice and the capacity of the venue is 12.702.