Slovakia vs Netherlands Today’s Soccer Prediction
For Slovakia, qualifying for the 2018 finals was particularly bitter: although they closed group F behind favorites England as group 2. but due to the fact that they were the “worst runner-up”, they did not qualify themselves for the decisive playoffs – the end was sealed off. The 18 counters that you had after 10 rounds of play (6 wins, no draw, 4 defeats) were ultimately too few. The very impressive gate balance of 17: 7 changed nothing – it only clarifies the bottom line strong appearance of the Slovaks. The main reason for the missed qualification was above all the miserable start: Both at home against England and away in Slovenia one had to give themselves rather unhappy with 0: 1. What followed was a five-game winning streak against Scotland, Lithuania, Malta, again Lithuania and Slovenia, with only two goals conceded. A recent defeat by England and the deserved 0-1 defeat in Scotland finally sealed the narrow failure. To put it in a nutshell: The main culprit was the bad improvement in chances and the lack of creativity on the offensive, while in the backcountry almost everything was under control, which underlines a cut of 0.7 goals per game.
A look at the Slovak squad quickly reveals why this is: The regular central defense consisting of veteran Martin Skrtel and high-flyer Milan Skriniar, the only 23-year-old Inter Milan legionnaire with an estimated market value of 40 million euros, left behind not much burning and is undoubtedly one of the better IV duos in international comparison. Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli stands out in midfield, of course, but Stanislav Lobotka of Celta Viga is an up and coming defensive midfielder, with several clubs already holding out. The biggest construction site is, as I said, the offensive: Left winger Robert Mak did not convince in qualifying (2 goals) – the most successful striker was 32-year-old Adam Nemec of Dinamo Bucharest with 5 goals. The equally goal-scoring Vladimir Weiss is injured and falls out against the Netherlands. The last friendly matches in 2018 could decide for themselves – the narrow victories against the V.A.E. (2: 1) and away in Thailand (3: 2) but are not particularly meaningful.
After the Euro 2016, the Dutch missed the second major event in series: The hoped-for change did not succeed in the last one to two years. Too old and encrusted are the structures in the KNVB curious, considering that the Dutch Football Association in the 90s and early 2000s in many respects set the standards. In addition, sat with ex-bond manager Danny Blind for too long the wrong man at the lever. With Ronald Koeman, who was appointed to the Bondscoach on February 6 of this year, a lot should turn around again for the better. He did not have much time to inject the players with his philosophy. His two first results in March 2018: A 0-1 home defeat against England followed – also at home – a sovereign 3-0 victory over the reigning European champions Portugal. Looking at the squad, it is actually a shame or a mean disaster that you could not qualify for the finals in Russia. The mentioned missing structures and the unrest in the federation were therefore regarded by the media as the main cause of the failure.
After 10 rounds the Elftal stood with 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats and 19 points on the account dar. It was as many counters as Sweden, against which you got in 2 duels 4 points, but ultimately the much better goal difference had to show which is more important in FIFA qualifiers than the direct duel. Long speech, short sense: As a group 3. you narrowly missed the decisive playoffs. Significant: Although one had to show a respectable value with 21 goals scored, it was the defensive behavior that brought the Elftal to the brink. In 10 games, the total was only 2 times the “zero” – even away against Luxembourg and both times against Belarus had to take a clean sheet. But even in the offensive is now a question mark on: Who will take the role of Goalgetters after the resignation of Arjen Robben, who in the World Cup qualifier with 6 goals internally led the scorers list clearly? With Depay, Promes and Berghuis the Elftal has indeed promising players in the squad – but no one could convince in the national team so far really. Important for the match against Slovakia: Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk will not play after the CL final last weekend in this friendly match.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Slovakia vs Netherlands
All in all, the Netherlands, of course, has the qualitatively clearly better squad. For Slovakia, however, speaks the home advantage and discipline in the back team: Especially against offensively dangerous teams did the Slovaks in recent games but difficult. In the attack, the Slovaks currently have not much to offer, even in the World Cup qualifiers offered in the storm little convincing. The Dutch are the favorites in this match – all players want to prove themselves under the new fund manager Ronald Koeman.
Prediction Today:Netherlands wins