Place: City Arena. Trnava.
Date: on the 13th of October, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 14:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League.
After two matches in the first group of League B of the UEFA Nations Ján Kozák’s teamais taken now the third place from three teams. Both they and at the closest rival of the Czech Republic, have no points, both national teams lost to Ukraine.
The only match of Slovakia in the tournament was held on Arena Lviv without audience. Ukrainians have paid thus for former sins but Andriy Shevchenko’s team all the same could achieve desirable result. The only goal with a penalty in the second half was scored by Andrey Yarmolenko. Speaking about the activity of Slovaks, it was expressed only in nine shots from which only one got on target.
Four changes in the bid of Slovakia in comparison with September matches. Peter Pekarik, Matúš Bero, David Gantsko and Samuel Mráz have come to the squad. For two latter players this match can become a debut one as a part of the national team.
The Czech national team after home defeat from Ukraine of the house (1:2) has changed the head coach. Jaroslav Šilhavý who at once received a lot of injured football players will become the new team coach.
From the main list of those who were called five football players were not able to come (Řezník, Hušbauer, Dočkal, Suchý also Darida). The coach of the Czech team is forced to use young players, in particular the representative of Slavia Vladimír Coufal and the midfielder of Jablonec Michal Trávník.
The Czech Republic is the only team of group which will play both October matches in the official status. Right after the match with Slovaks Šilhavý’s team will go to Kharkiv where it will play a key match against Ukraine.
Head-to-heads of Slovakia vs. Czech Republic
Teams have met twice in qualification rounds of the World Cups and once in EURO qualification. Six matches were won three times by Czechs, two times by Slovaks and once the draw was recorded. In 3 friendly matches the overweight of the Czech Republic is also observed (2-1 without draws).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Slovakia vs. Czech Republic
Slovakia to win – 2.18
Draw – 3.32;
Czech Republic to win – 3.48
We consider that Czechs, who have lost several players, have no chances to get points in Trnava. Especially the new coach certainly did not manage to bring all his ideas to the football players that would help to solve quickly problems of the national team in the Nations League. This tournament for the Czech Republic is already lost as chances for the first place in case of defeat will remain only theoretical. And defeat is almost inevitable if to consider teamwork of Slovakia and the fact that its head coach is working with these football players for more than one cycle.