Slovakia vs. Czech Republic 9/4/20 UEFA Nations League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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9/4/20 2:45 pm

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Slovakia is welcoming Czech Republic to Tehelne Pole Stadion in the neighborly derby in round 1 in the UEFA Nations League.

Slovakia has been playing hot and cold throughout the qualifications, and they ended in third place with 13 points, 1 point less than Wales, but Slovakia still has the chance of qualifying for the Euro Cup through the Qualification Playoffs where they will face Ireland. In their last match against Azerbaijan at home, Slovakia was the dominant team with 64% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and high 89% of the correct passes. Slovakia has deservedly won this match 2-0. Slovakia is coming into this cycle at full strength with Hamsik, Duda, Kucka, Skrinar, and Dubravka all available to coach Pavel Hapal. Since 2018 when Hapal became the head coach, Slovakia has 6 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses which is not a great score, but Slovakia is improving, and they are playing good soccer. Slovakia has scored 13 goals in 8 qualification games while conceding 11 goals, which is not bad, but Croatia and Wales were just better in that group. Slovakia is in 32nd place in the FIFA standings, and if they continue playing well and improving, Slovakia could stay there, or possibly climb a few spots.

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Czech Republic was playing well during the qualifications, and we will be seeing them in the Euro Cup next year. Czech Republic ended in second place with 15 points, 6 points behind England. 13 scored goals and 11 conceded goals were enough for Czech Republic to stay ahead Kosovo. Czech Republic is coming into this game without big names, but they are a good team, with great chemistry and will power. In their latest match against Bulgaria on the road, Czech Republic has had 69% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 10 corner kicks, and 81% of the correct passes. Czech Republic was dominant in this match, but they weren’t able to use any of their chances, and in the end, the Czech Republic has lost this match 1-0. Czech Republic is in 45th place in the FIFA standings. Jaroslav Silhavy is the Czech Republic’s head coach, and since he has taken over the team, they have 8 wins and 6 losses. In the Euro Cup next year, the Czech Republic will be in Group D with England and Croatia, while the finals competitor is yet to be determined. Overall, the Czech Republic is a good team, but I don’t see them having a notable result in the Euro Cup next year.

The trends are on Czech Republic’s side in this matchup, but Slovakia is coming at full strength into this game, and I see them winning this one at home.

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