Slovakia take on the visitors Belarus in the round 6 match of UEFA Nations League (League C). The match will be played on Sunday, September 24th at TSC Arena (Bačka Topola)
Slovakia failed to impress even at this level. "Repre" last year played, once again, at the Euro. And they even managed to start there with a victory over Poland - however, both teams did not leave the group as a result. Moreover, the Slovaks also left Division B of the League of Nations. It is clear that at a lower level they were considered as an unconditional favorite. But in the end they managed to lose both fights in June to their direct competitor, Kazakhstan! Yes, at the same time it turned out to win both the Belarusians and Azerbaijan. But it is not surprising that they decided to change the mentor. The new coach was a little-known Italian, Calzona. Francesco started with a match at home against Azerbaijan. Unsuccessfully: his wards were behind most of the meeting in Trnava. And, finally equalizing, with a penalty kick in extra time, they managed to concede the decisive goal.
Belarus did not surprise with anything special in 2022. The "Syabry" at one time were considered as contenders, albeit not the main ones, for the play-offs for reaching the final tournaments. But this is not the first cycle that this team has been dangling among the outsiders. So in last year's qualification there were 7 defeats in 8 qualifying matches. Nothing is changing even now, under the experienced Georgy Kondratiev. The fact that, according to UEFA requirements, there is no opportunity to play home games at their stadiums does not add to the chances. As a result, in the June matches there was only 1 goal and 2 points in 4 matches. Ironically, this is how the Belarusians tripped the Kazakhs by playing with the leader of the quartet 1-1. September began with a trip to distant Astana. There the team fought, responded to the first goal of the Kazakhs, but eventually lost 1-2.
In June, Slovakia managed to win 1-0 in Novi Sad, which was considered an away match for them. Before that, there were qualifying matches for Euro 2016, in which the teams exchanged away victories. At least the Belarusians have to be defeated at home. We bet that Slovakia will win with a "-1 goal" handicap.
Prediction for the match: Slovakia to win with -1.0 handicap.