Russia vs Slovakia: prediction for the 2022 World Cup qualifier
Russia won two most recent matches, but will Slovakia stop that winning streak on October 8? Or will Russians pick up three points again? The answer is in our prediction.
In August Valery Karpin became the new manager of Russia national team, now he will try to help the team to qualify for the World Cup. In the first match with Karpin in charge Russians put up an impressive performance and picked up one point in the match against Croatia, their main competitor for the first spot in the group - a goalless draw is a pretty good result for Russia.
In the next match Russia secured a confident victory over Cyprus (2:0) on away, scoring a goal in each of the halves. Russians were a clear favourite in the match against Malta, but it was not their best match - Russian team recorded a 2:0 victory, but their performance was far from perfect.
Russians are currently at the second spot in the group with 13 points, they are behind Croatia only on tiebreakers.
Slovakia national team started the World Cup qualification with a match against Malta - everyone thought that Stefan Tarkovic's team will pick up three points easily, but Malta doesn't want to surrender. Visiting team scored two goals, but failed to hold on to the lead - a sensational 2:2 draw seriously affected the chances of Slovakian team.
Nonetheless, in the next match Slovakia recorded a 2:1 victory over Russia at home and got back into a fight for the World Cup spot. The Falcons failed to perform successfully in September matches, they suffered a 0:1 defeat to Croatia and then drew to Slovenia (1:1). A 2:0 victory over Cyprus in the third match helped Slovakia to climb up to the third spot in the group, but they are still four points behind Russia and Croatia.
Three out of five most recent head-to-head matches ended with that score
This bet won in four most recent head-to-head matches
Russia didn't concede a single goal in three most recent matches
Russia national team has a huge injuried list - Alexandr Golovin won't play in the match against Slovakia. There is also a problem will full-backs - Ilja Samoshnikov and Vyacheslav Karavaev will miss the game due to injuries, Mario Fernandes retired from international football.
Russia national team was not so convincing in September, but still recorded two victories and didn't concede a single goal. We are expecting the same scenario today, even despite a number of injuries in the squad Russian team is stronger than the opponent. In our opinion, Russians will pick up three points today and will continue the fight against Croatia for the first spot in the group, Slovakia's defense is far from perfect now.
Our prediction - Russia to win
Russia national team is a favourite of today match, but they are unlikely to play offensively - result is what really matters now for the Russians. Slovakian team is looking weak on the offense, so we think that Russia will open the scoresheet, but favourite is unlikely to record a victory by more than one goal.
Our second bet is on Russia to win by one goal