Slovakia vs Spain Betting PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Spain head to Slovakia on Thursday as they look to continue their great start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers and I’ve stuck my neck out again to rate both teams and their chances ahead of the fixture. Read on for my best Slovakia vs Spain betting tips.
In their opening Group C game, Spain thrashed Macedonia 5-1 as they attempted to repair their reputation after their shockingly early exit from the World Cup in Brazil. Thursday’s clash against Slovakia in Zilina could well be their toughest game in the qualifiers so if they can withstand this then it should be fairly plain-sailing through to the main tournament from here on out.
Slovakia also began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a win defeating Ukraine 1-0 in Kiev. The side have put up a strong fight in recent games winning all but one of their last five fixtures and Spain would be wise not to underestimate them.
“We aren’t going to stand there and stare at the Spanish players,” said Robert Mak, who scored Slovakia’s winner against Ukraine. “We want to compete with them and try to make things difficult for them.
The hosts could certainly make life difficult for Spain who may be without Costa as he struggles with a hamstring injury. Coach Vicente del Bosque may instead opt to start Valencia’s Paco Alcacer who scored on his debut with Spain against Macedonia.
Other forward options for Spain include Rodrigo who will be hoping to make his international bow along with Juan Bernat, who’s hoping to start in whatever position he can get.
“Right now I’m playing more as a full-back, but I’ve spent my whole life playing on the wing; I will play wherever I’m needed,” he said.
Slovakia vs Spain Betting
Although Spain outrank Slovakia in the FIFA world rankings by more than 30 places, this doesn’t look like it will be a high-scoring game. Looking back over Slovakia’s last 14 matches, 11 have seen fewer than 2.5 goals and Spain are far from their peak form at the moment.
Paddy Power has Slovakia at 8/1 to win although Spain are still favourites at 2/5.
Carl Calls It
I’ll be betting on a Spanish victory but Slovakia will put up a good fight. A £10 bet on Spain to win 1-0 will return £55 at Paddy Power.