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EURO 2016 - Germany v Slovakia - MATCH PREVIEW

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Slovakia will look to derail the hopes of World Champions Germany in the round of 16 in Euro 2016 when they play at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday, June 26.

For the first time in many years, Germany started a tournament not as one of the favorites. However, they were not expected to have trouble in reaching the last-16 and they didn’t. Poland was the only challenge for them but a draw against them was enough for the Germans to confirm their top spot. But the challenge for Joachim Low will be to move above his insistence of a ‘false nine’ system and keep faith in striker Mario Gomez. Barring their lack of incisiveness in the final third, Germany do not carry any concerns.


Slovakia may not be a glamorous team for many but they are as dangerous as you get. Qualifying third behind Wales and England is a testimony of their grit – especially the way they gained a point against England. The only complaint people have against Slovakia is that they are over reliant on Marek Hamsik but that is not too bad a thing to have. With Hamsik leading the line and a stubborn back line, Slovakia can’t be taken lightly. Especially if they continue to rely on stifling the opponents and hitting them on the counter – something which the Germans have found to be difficult to breach this tournament.

Germany v Slovakia Betting advice

Germany may have lost four of their past ten matches but are on a four match unbeaten streak ahead of the knockouts. Their defence has stood firm so far and are yet to concede a goal in France. They have scored just three goals with only one coming from a striker – which could be a concern. Slovakia have won five and lost just one of their previous ten encounters. A win, a draw and a loss make up their journey in France so far – a statement of their inconsistency.

Three of Slovakia’s last ten matches have ended goal less but all the remaining seven have seen goals from both sides. On the other hand, Germany has seen only four of their previous ten matches ending with goals from both sides. Starting Gomez could help them so watch out for goals from the lanky forward.

Germany have enough quality in their side to win this match but they could be pushed to the limit by the plucky Slovakians. Back Gomez and Hamsik to be on the score sheet.

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