Slovakia take on the visitors Azerbaijan in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League C). The match will be played on Thursday, September 22nd at City Arena Trnava (Trnava).
Slovakia are not particularly impressive at this level either. The “Repres” in 2010 were able to make their debut at the World Cup - by the way, then the newcomer left the group. It was the same at Euro 2016, and last summer at the continental tournament it all started with a victory over Poland - but, having lost both to Sweden and, most importantly, to Spain (0-5!), We failed to qualify from the group. Then there was a relatively unsuccessful qualification, and, most importantly, now in the Nations League, the Slovaks play in division C - they have dropped in the class following the results of the last cycle. It seemed that "the floor below" the team would be the favorite. But, having won against the Belarusians and Azerbaijanis, the Slovaks managed to lose in both matches to the Kazakhs. And if they win this round, the fight for 1st place will end ahead of schedule. Note that there will be no Dubravka, Skriniar, Gregus, Beneš, Mac and Mraz - isn't it too much?
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Azerbaijan cannot confirm ambitions in any way. The Land of Fire loves football. And they spend a lot of money on it. But it's one thing to create a club in Baku - Qarabag now forces itself to be reckoned with, albeit mainly at the level of not the Champions League, but the Europa League. But in terms of national teams, it turns out to constantly beckon status “legionnaires”. But Gianni De Biasi, like his stellar predecessors, was not really remembered for anything. So far, in this Nations League, he was able to show an advantage over Belarus, and even then in a formal away match (in Novi Sad) it was 0-0, and only at home the outsider conceded 2 unanswered goals. But they lost not only to Slovakia, but even to Kazakhstan. There are no real chances of winning the quartet, at least there is no way to go even lower.
Although the national teams appeared in the 90s of the last century, they managed to play 9 times already. Of course, Slovakia did better. They defeated Azerbaijan 8 times, with the only defeat in 2001. Slovakia must save their reputation. We bet that in this meeting they will win against Azerbaijan with a handicap of "-1 goal".
Prediction for the match: Slovakia to win with 0.0 handicap.