La Furia Roja is under pressure now. They are the only favourite which has not won a single game yet, despite playing at home. The daunting display when they ran rampant against Germany in Nations League is no longer seen. Now they must secure three point against Slovakia, which just sits above them on the second. Luis Enrique needs to come up with different stunning tactical approach to justify his decision on leaving all Real Madrid players in the squad. Otherwise, the waves of criticsm will await him if they fail to advance at the knock out stage.
Both teams’ latest news
Slovakia was not able to maintain their positive form in the second game. Marek Hamsik and Co suffered a 0-1 loss while taking on Sweden. It was rather unfortunate as Blagut’s winning goal only came from Emile Forsberg’s penalty.
Spain wasted the chance to win again in the previous outing as they could only muster a 1-1 draw against Poland. Alvaro Morata finally managed to score to silence his critics for while. Yet, Robert Lewandowski showed his class by bagging an equaliser through his header. Gerard Moreno had a chance to score a winning goal through a penalty. Sadly, the Villareal man failed.
Stefan Tarkovic will still be deploying 4-2-3-1 formation with the former Napoli man, Marek Hamsik as the anchorman while Lukas Haraslin and Robert Mak playing out wide. Unfortunately, two players will have to sit out here, Ivan Schranz and Denis Vavro because they are injured and tested positive COVID-19 respectively.
Luis Enrique might still opt for 4-3-3. However, the possible transition to 4-4-2 worth considering. Playing Morata and Gerrard Moreno seems to be doing well but the clinical finish is still badly needed but sticking to Dani Olmo might not be a good idea. Adama Traore can feature the right wing with Jose Gaya or Pablo Sarabia is occupying the left flank to support Koke and Thiago in the middle and Morata-Moreno upfront.
Players to watch
Slovakia’s most famous key names are the skipper Marek Hamsik and Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka Some other notable names to watch are Ondrej Duda, Robert Mak and last but not least, the Seria A winner Martin Skriniar.
Gerrard Moreno is the main man upfront, although he has not able to open his account yet in this tournament and blew his chance to score in the last game. This time Villareal man is expected to shine here. One name Luis Enrique shall play at the second half to break the deadlock is Wolves man Adama Traore. His pace and a dribble could bring more potential danger to the opposition.
Slovakia vs Spain Prediction
Stefan Tarkovic’s men will have to be cautious against Spain who is still dominant in ball possession. Yet, their lack of creativity and intensity to score might cost their future in the tournament. Should Luis Enrique’s side play the same way as before, they will have to settle one point again here.
This will be an even match. Nevertheless, La Furia Roja is still slight priced to win at 4/17. The draw result is at the value of 31/5, whereas Slovakia’s odds to win are lower, only at 37/2.