Despite the fact that both teams will have to play several games before the end of the qualifying cycle , this may be a key meeting for the national teams of Russia and Slovakia . In case of victory, the Russians will be able to confidently count on at least second place in group H, while the Slovaks lose their chances of getting into the final tournament of the World Championship. We are waiting for a very stubborn fight on October 8 at the Kazan Arena.
Head coach Valery Karpin in September matches managed to do the main thing – not to fail. Draw with the Croatian national team at home 0: 0, victories over Cyprus away and Malta at home with the same score 2: 0. However, the skeptics were not at all satisfied with the team’s play in matches with opponents below the rank. The Cypriots and the Maltese frankly locked the Russians in their half of the field for 10-15 minutes, and a home draw with Croatia is strategically very unprofitable, since they will have to play away only not to win.
At the same time, it should be borne in mind that Karpin had to lead the national team from sight, without any lengthy preparation. If the chances for the first place in the group now look rather ghostly, then the second with the opportunity to play in play-offs is very realistic. To do this, we need to take revenge from the Slovaks, because in the spring in Trnava, still under the leadership of Stanislav Cherchesov, our team suffered the only defeat in the group stage 1: 2.
There are no questions to the coach of the national team regarding the final line-up. All the strongest are there, with the exception of Artyom Dziuba, but on this occasion many copies have already been broken, and there is no point in touching upon this topic once again. Among the new faces, one can single out the best scorer of the Russian championship at the moment, Hamid Agalarov from Ufa, Alexei Sutormin from Zenit and Denis Glushakov from Khimki, who has not been involved in the national team for a very long time.
Slovakia national team
The Slovaks failed the September matches and put themselves in a very difficult position. If a 1: 1 draw with the Slovenes at a party can still be called an acceptable result, then the defeat at home from the Croatian national team was clearly not part of the plans of Stefan Tarkovic’s wards. In Kazan, the Slovaks will have to play to win, as a draw will put them in a dependent position on the results of other games in Group H. At the moment, the Slovak national team is four points behind the second place.
Slovaks may also regret a failed start in the qualifying cycle, then there were two draws with Cyprus and Malta. This was followed by an unsuccessful performance at Euro 2020 – one victory in three matches, and at that the tournament was over for them. However, at the right time, the Slovak national team can always get together, and they are especially successful in matches with the Russians.
The team’s roster is not replete with stellar names, but at the same time it has the best scorer of the team in the entire history of Marek Hamšik, one of the leaders of Inter Milan, Milan Shkrinjar, Robert Mack, who is well known to us from his games for Zenit. All these players know how to score against the Russian national team.
Forecast for the match Russia – Slovakia
The first time the teams played with each other in 1994, the match ended with the victory of the Russian national team 2: 1. There are 10 matches in total in this history of confrontations, and this score is the most popular, with this result four meetings ended. The Slovaks have won four victories, the Russians have won three times and the same number of times have been drawn. The stubborn nature of the meetings is evidenced by the fact that no team has so far managed to win by more than one goal.
09/07/2010, Russia – Slovakia – 0: 1;
07.10.2011, Slovakia – Russia – 0: 1;
05/26/2014, Russia – Slovakia – 1: 0;
06/15/2016, Russia – Slovakia – 1: 2;
03/30/2021, Slovakia – Russia – 2: 1.
The bets of the bookmakers speak about the clear favorite of this match. 1xbet app has a coefficient for the victory of the Russian national team of 1.70, the victory of the Slovaks is estimated at 5.40, and the coefficient for a draw is 3.80. The Russians have not defeated the Slovak national team for a long time, the time has come to do it with a two-goal advantage.