Our football match prediction:
Slovenia missed out on a place at the 2016 European Championship finals and they will certainly give 100% to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. The Slovenians shared the spoils with Lithuania (2-2) in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign and it has to be noted that they came from two goals behind to avoid defeat in their opener. Srecko Katanec’s troops are tough to beat at home, but Saturday’s football game against Slovakia will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Slovakia were on the verge of sharing the spoils with England at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, but Adam Lallana scored a late winner for the Three Lions and, as a result, the Slovaks are desperate to grab something from the Slovenia clash. Marek Hamsik has been producing scintillating displays with Napoli this season and he will be the man to watch in the away team. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s game and we predict that fans will see a high-scoring affair at Stadion Stozice.
Highligted Player (Jasmin Kurtic):
Jasmin Kurtic is a Slovenian player who started his senior career at Bela Krajina. The midfielder scored seven goals in 74 league appearances for the club, but at the end of the 2009/2010 season he moved to Gorica. After playing just 15 matches for the Slovenian outfit in the 2010/2011 campaign he moved to Palermo, where he gained a lot of experience. Kurtic spent the 2011/2012 season on loan to Varese and he played an important role in the team, making 42 league appearances. In June, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with Sassuolo, but three months later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. On 25 June, 2015, the Slovenian footballer joined Atalanta. Jasmin Kurtic has 2 caps for Slovenia U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 26 May, 2012. He scored a goal from the set piece against Greece back then. His contract with Atalanta expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.