Ukraine vs Slovakia
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 8, 2015, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Slovakia 9/5 Draw 5/2 Ukraine 9/5
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With three points seperating the sides in the Group the game betweem Slovakia and Ukraine is poised to be one of the best games of the night in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Slovakia were perfect up until they lost to Spain at the weekend in a tight game. Ukraine have lost away to Spain and at home against Slovakia and they must win tonight to give themselves a shot at automatic qualification. The Ukraine have a quality side led by Yarmalenko and Konoplyanko and will take some beating here. Although qualification for the last Euro's was automatic as hosts, the side played well and were a little unlucky to go out in the Group after beating Sweden in the opening game of the tournament. Ukraine know they must win here but are safe in the knowledge that at worst they will end up in the playoffs to make the finals.
Slovakia are coming into this game after a deflating loss to Spain. The team did not really play well on the night either as Spain dominated from start to finish and 2-0 was a little flattering to Slovakia as it could have been much more. Star man Hamsik will be key tonight as the Napoli forward will look to lead his side to automatic qualification alongside Slovakia's rock at the back Liverpool center half Martin Skertel. This is a good Slovakia team and they will be tough to beat especially here at home.
Given the prices here I think Slovakia at 9/5 are worth a bet. Up until Friday they had been perfect in Group play and with home advantage here I think they definitely should be taken to get the win. While Ukraine are a decent side I think they will get it hard to win here especially in Slovakia.