Slovakian players were an integral part of the now-defunct Czechoslovakia side that won the 1976 European Championships, but Euro 2016 marks the first time that they have qualified as an independent nation. At +600 to win Group B, Slovakia are a longshot, and the -120 to qualify seems ridiculously short considering they face England, Russia, and Wales. Slovakia qualified for Euro 2016 by finishing second in Group C, five points behind Spain, who they beat 2-1 in the first game of the qualifying campaign.
Slovakia Next Game
The table below shows Slovakia’s next game details, including their opposition, the stadium the game is being played in, and the latest Slovakia betting odds.
Slovakia kick things off with a trip to Bordeaux on June 11 where there take on Wales before heading to Lille Metropole on June 15 to play Russia.
They are not expected to get anything from the game at Saint-Etienne on June 20 against England, but if they only need a point to progress, expect a gritty, defensive performance from the Slovakians.
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Slovakia Online Betting Tips
One thing that Slovakia has going in its favour is many of its players are unknown relative to the superstars of some of the other teams, and being an unknown quantity could mean they are massively underestimated, something no soccer side should do to opponents.
Several of the Slovakian squad play their club football for Europe’s top sides. For example, defender Martin Skrtel is at Liverpool, while midfielder Juraj Kucka is at Milan.
Anyone facing Slovakia needs to nullify the threat from midfielder Marek Hamsik, who scored five goals in 10 games and has more than 310 appearances for Napoli, and the Willem II striker Adam Nemec who scored three goals in seven games during qualifying.
Slovakia won seven consecutive qualifying games on their way to qualifying for the trip to France, and will hope they can win their opening two Euro 2016 group games against Wales and Russia because it is highly unlikely they will get a result in their final group game against England.
On their day, Slovakia look like a solid team who are capable of grinding our results. Their 2-1 at home to Spain in the qualifying stages showed they can mix it up with the bigger teams, although Spain did dominate that particular match.
On the flip side, Slovakia were held to a 0-0 draw by Ukraine, and slipped up to a 1-0 home defeat to Belarus, which shows they do not always play to the best of their ability.
Odds of -125 not to qualify, or +200 to finish rock bottom of Group B do, unfortunately for Slovakia fans, seems like the best value bets to make before a ball has been kicked in France.