Slovakia vs Spain Betting Tips
Spain are on the verge of being eliminated from the Euro 2020 tournament. The Spanish have taken a mere two points from six possible following a nil-nil draw with Sweden and a 1-1 stalemate against Poland. Spain have been one of the most disappointing teams in the tournament. Like England, they are struggling to breakdown defences and if they do, are unable to convert chances.
On Wednesday, Spain play a must-win match versus Slovakia with a place in the last 16 on the line. Slovakia are in second place in Group E. They have taken three points from six possible following a 2-1 win over Poland and a 1-0 defeat to Sweden.
Slovakia, need a victory or draw on Wednesday to progress to the next round of the Euro 2020 tournament. Both teams will have an eye on the Sweden versus Poland match as well. Poland could leapfrog the loser of Slovakia versus Spain and qualify for the last 16 of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Spain have played Slovakia six times in their history. The Spanish have posted a record of 2W-1D-1L with the teams last playing in 2015. Spain won the fixture 2-0. Luis Enrique’s team are unbeaten in seven straight matches. However, four of those games finished in draws. Will Spain draw once more and miss out on qualification for the Euro 2020 tournament last 16?
Slovakia vs Spain Betting Odds
Slovakia were headed for a nil-nil draw against Sweden on matchday 2. However, an Emil Forsberg penalty goal in the 77th minute allowed Sweden to win the fixture. Slovakia were poor in the final third. Although they tallied 10 shots, zero hit target. Stefan Tarkovic’s team posted 59% possession and outpassed Sweden 609 to 432. Despite dominating the match, Slovakia’s poor shooting prevented them from winning.
Leading sportsbooks have Slovakia at odds of 16/1 to shock Spain on Wednesday. They are massive underdogs but with the way in which Spain are playing, they could get a result. Spain go into Wednesday’s final group stage fixture at odds of 11/50.
Spain scored through Alvaro Morata in the 25th minute versus Poland. However, the Spanish couldn’t put Poland away. Robert Lewandowski scored the equaliser in the 54th minute, stepping up when the team needed it most. Once again, Spain dominated possession with 77%. They tallied 12 shots with five on target, yet could convert those chances into just one goal. Spain’s defence conceded five shots with two on target to the Polish team.
Spain have tallied two straight draws at the tournament. The teams are at odds of 11/2 to draw at the end of 90 minutes. As it stands, Spain are heading home at the end of matchday 3 of Group E. Spain are third in the group and fifth in the table for the four best third-place teams.
Slovakia vs Spain Team News
Enrique made changes against Poland playing Morata and Gerard Moreno together. However, Enrique played a 4-3-3 formation with Moreno played on the right side. Dani Olmo played as the left wing. Neither player were played in their preferred position which is one of the reasons Spain have failed to convert chances into goals.
Midfielder Rodri is likely to move to the bench as Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is linked with a start as the team’s holding midfielder. Koke’s lack of creativity could result in Thiago Alcantara moving into the starting XI. Meanwhile, Barcelona midfielder Pedri could keep his place after receiving rave reviews at the Euro 2020 tournament.
It is claimed by Spanish media Manchester City forward Ferran Torres will start ahead of either Morata or Moreno due to their misfiring in front of goal. Moreno is likely to be the one dropped as Torres can play as a right winger.
Tarkovic could keep the team similar to it was against Sweden. They dominated the game and a Sweden penalty in the second half sent Slovakia to defeat. Marek Hamsik is likely to play despite having a slight calf injury. Defender Denis Vavro is in quarantine after testing positive with COVID-19. Slavia Prague forward Ivan Schranz is likely to miss the game with a thigh injury.
Slovakia vs Spain Prediction
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Spain kept a clean sheet against Sweden. The problem was that they couldn’t score against the Swedes. Slovakia are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Sweden. With both teams needing to win and the pressure being high, Wednesday’s fixture could finish with both teams not scoring goals. Slovakia’s goalscoring issues could rise to the forefront by posting a second goose egg in three matches.
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Alvaro Morata finally converted a chance against Poland giving Spain a short-lived lead. For all the hype and praise Morata receives from pundits, he only scores and plays well in teams that have good forwards around him. He succeeds at Juventus due to Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo. He failed at Chelsea and Atletico Madrid due to not having good forwards supporting him. Morata will have chances against Slovakia. Can he lead them to the win?
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Spain’s two matches at the Euro 2020 tournament both finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Nothing about Spain’s play at the tournament has been exceptional. They look average, out of ideas, and boring. Slovakia have not been bad at the tournament. They won 2-1 against Poland but lost due to a penalty versus Sweden. Slovakia’s attach let them down versus Sweden.
Which Slovakian team will show up? Will it be the side that scored twice versus Poland or failed to take their chances against Sweden?
Spain should find a way to get a goal. It is likely to be a narrow victory for the Spanish which will allow them to qualify for the last 16. Enrique’s team are not as good as thought pre-tournament. If they get into the last 16, anything can happen, however.
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