Wales v Slovakia tips – Hamsik can help Slovaks to Group B win

Hamsik can help Slovaks to Group B win

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Betting Tip: Slovakia +0.00 @ 51/50 with bet365

If you’re looking for a team at 2/1 to win their opening match at Euro 2016, then you could do a lot worse than go for Slovakia on Saturday 11 June.

They might not be a household European name, although the Slovaks finished second behind Spain in Euro 2016 qualifying and actually beat La Roja at home, with a victory over Germany in a recent friendly illustrating that this is not a side to be taken lightly.

Some seem to regard Slovakia as the whipping boys of Group B although they could prove too strong for a Wales side who are new to major tournaments having spent decades trying to successfully qualify.

Chris Coleman can call upon Gareth Bale who will clearly be the most talented player on the pitch, although the Real Madrid star’s presence only led to eleven goals being scored in ten qualifying games.

Once again, the Welsh will look to keep things tight and hope Bale can produce moments of magic at the other end, although they face a team who have warmed up with 3-1 wins over Georgia and Germany.

Previously to this, they drew 2-2 with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with this squad packed with international experience and Marek Hamsik is the jewel in the crown.

The Napoli midfielder is the creative playmaker, with Adam Nemec leading the line and Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel marshals a defence that boasts tonnes more experience in Peter Pekarik and Jan Durica.

Pound for pound, Slovakia simply have a better side than the Welsh one which relies heavily on Bale and Aaron Ramsey for creative inspiration.

Joe Ledley passing fit is a big plus and he will join Joe Allen in a compact midfield which might also feature Leicester’s Andy King.

However, it’s questionable whether Wales should be favourites and perhaps the momentum is with their opponents.

Betting Tip: Slovakia +0.00 @ 51/50 with bet365

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