Slovakia – Czech Republic SOCCER PICKS
Fair play is what awaits us this Saturday at the City Arena Trnava, when Slovakia receives a visit from the Czech Republic, in a game where both teams are required to win and corresponds to Group 1 of the League B of the UEFA League of the Nations
Hard the picture that Jan Kozák has to do at the helm of Slovakia, and is that he has the obligation to return to this selection to the main European football, remember that Slovakia comes to make a good presentation at the last European Championship in France 2016 reaching the round of 16.
Unfortunately they could not repeat the story and did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup Russia, so it has been preparing to make a good presentation in this first edition of the UEFA Nations League and unfortunately started with the left foot.
So the Falcons could not get a good result in his visit to Ukraine and thanks to a child error of the Inter Milan defender as Milan Skriniar was charged a penalty in favor of Ukraine with ten minutes left, and this was changed by goal by Andriy Yarmolenko, so there is no other way out than to win in this commitment to have options to snatch the first place from the Ukrainians.
Keep in mind that Slovakia has good players who are playing in important teams of European football, so we have the cases of Martin Skrtel and Marek Hamsik who have to put the team on their shoulders to achieve the goals set.
Meanwhile, those led by Karel Jarolím have not been going through a good time either, so the Czech Republic team also lost in their debut against Ukraine and was in a game played at home.
In that opportunity the Czech Republic was ahead with the early goal of Patrik Schick, but the last minutes of each time were a horror for them, since first Yonoplyanka appeared to put the equality in the 45th minute and then in the last play of the Zinchenko appeared to put the 1-2 final, and this complicates the outlook to Czech Republic in the UEFA League of Nations.
For a change it was decided to make a friendly in order to correct the defensive problems of the debut and the situation got worse, as they lost categorically against Russia by a score of 5-1, so the picture is not easy for Jarolím, the truth is that this Saturday they have to go all out to continue in the fight for the first place in the group or failing to finish in the last place to not descend level.
In terms of direct confrontations, we have to say that in the last two friendlies each won a game, the first one was in November 2012 with victory for the Czech Republic 3-0 and now last in March 2015 with victory of Slovakia 1-0.
In the general arena, the one that has been most successful is the Czech Republic, which has five victories out of three from Slovakia in the nine direct matches.
But playing at home, Slovakia has not been easy to defeat, since of the four commitments, two were victories of Slovakia by just one of the Czech Republic.
Of course, with the exception of the last game, the previous eight games were exciting and with many goals.