In the Euro Qualifiers we have been receiving some hiccups in last few days. This Euro Qualifier has been a story of David’s dancing upon the neck of the Goliaths and Group C has been the heaven for this Biblical metaphor. Today, the Group C table is going to get the hardest tremble as the defending champion Spain will be fighting Slovakia the current table topper in order to confirm their place in Euro 2016.
The latest shape of Spanish Armada
Spain had a sudden defeat against Slovakia in their away match, with a 2-1 result. They returned from their showing their class to the world, but till date have not yet been able to secure the top position of the table. However after the loss to Slovakia the Spanish Armada immediately started regaining their reign by winning back to back matches against Belarus and Ukraine.
The team has been undergoing through some changes. Despite the retirement of Xavi, the team lately has its goalkeeper in some disturbed situation. David De Gea has had faced a lot in the latest transfer window, and there remains a probability of the player suffering an impact of the incident. Besides DDG hasn’t yet been pitches since the season started so, that definitely would bring good old Iker Cassilus back to his position. David Silva has been the team’s highest goal getter with netting thrice in their six matches. Pedro and Alcacer have also been getting goals, but today, eyes will surely be stuck on Pedro, Diego Costa the Chelsea FC striking line-up.
Spain till date has won five matches out of their six encounters in the group. The red and gold have not met any disappointment in their home soil having won all three home matches. They also hold the highest goal-scoring tag in the group with 15 goals netted already. Having fifteen points from six matches La Furia Roja are standing right next to their opponent with 3 points deficiency and +2 goal difference which only means, today’s win will bring the Spaniards the table top position. Three days after the match Spain will be facing FYR Macedonia. If the current Euro Cup winners win these two matches they qualify straight way for the Euro Cup 2016.
Slovakia; the emerging European terror
Yes, the Repre has been a surprising terror in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Slovakia never qualified for the Euro earlier, since the partition. The highest glory they had achieved was; qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. But having placed in the third pot for the Euro qualifiers this time, Slovakia has won all their games straight ahead.
Slovakia has been outstanding till date, but in their today’s encounter they will be missing their captain back at their defence. The Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will not be able to guard the Slovakia penetrative zone, due to the yellow card the man received in last Macedonia match. Juraj Kucka is another player who won’t be playing in this match. The midfielder has been one of the key reasons behind the team’s success along with Marek Hamshik, the Napoli legend, who by the way will lead the Slovakia toady with the captain’s arm-band. The Hamshik, Kucka duo has scored 5 times in these 6 matches.
Slovakia so far have won all their matches and scored 13 goals in the six matches. If they win today against Spain they go directly to the Euro Cup 2016 as the group topper. Even if the Repre confirms one point today they will surely get a place in the summer tournament. Slovakia will face the group third Ukraine three days after this match. One point form these two matches will bring them the direct entry to Euro. Even if they cannot manage a point, they will remain third in the group having to face another qualifying match first.
Match: Spain vs Slovakia
Date: September 5, 2015
Stadium: Nuevo Estadio Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo (Spain)
Competition: EURO 2016 Qualifiers
Kickoff time: 20:45 (UTC/GMT+2, local time)
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Spain vs Slovakia Euro Qualifiers 2016 starting line up –
Spain starting line-up:
Casillas, Ramos, Alba, Juanfran, Carvajal, Iniesta, Busquets, Silva, Isco, Costa, Alcacer
Slovakia starting line-up:
Mucha, Pekarik, Hubocan, Svento, Tesak, Hamsik, Stoch, Mak, Sestak, Vittek, Nemec
Well, our prediction is Spain will take over Slovakia this time. The back to back Euro Champions are in their full strength and won’t let a single inch slip by. For the after match updates on the match do visit us soon.