Slovakia will play their first match in 2016 against Latvia. The match will be played in Friday, March 25.
Slovakia had solid qualifying campaign and totally deserved their place at the main stage in France. They have finished the second in the group with Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Luxemburg and FYR Macedonia with 22 points and 17-8 aggregate goal difference. The hosts of the match are strong as a team and the only top class player in their squad is Marek Hamsik. Slovakia are strong at own field as they took 9 wins in last 15 home games, drew 4 times and lost only 2 matches.
Latvia have quite mediocre national team comparing to other European countries. Their best achievement was the final stage of Euro-2000 and they haven’t got close to repeating that results. The team finished last in their group with only five points gained and 6-19 goal difference. They took their last victory over a year ago in clash with Armenia 2-0 in September 2014. The team haven’t won on the road since 2011 when they beat Georgia in 2011 (1-0) so the visitor are on 22-game run without a win on the road.
The head-to-head record between these teams consists of 4 matches. Two of them were won by Slovakia, another two were draws. Slovakia play at home and they probably keep in mind upcoming Euro-2016 so they have no time for experiments while Latvia can try something new in this match. However, the visitors have almost no chances in the match.
Prediction for the match: Slovakia to win.