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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Slovakia vs Belarus preview

Kick off: 9 October @19:45 CET

Venue: Stadion Pod Dubnom (Zilina, Slovakia)

Head to head record

Belarus vs Slovakia 1-3 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovakia vs Belarus 4-0 (International friendly)

Slovakia

Last 5 matches

Slovakia vs Luxembourg 3-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovakia vs Czech Republic 1-0 (International friendly)
Slovakia vs FYR Macedonia 2-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Spain vs Slovakia 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Slovakia vs Ukraine 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Important defender Peter Pekarik (63/2) misses out through injury, while forward Robert Vittek (81/23) has been left out and Filip Holosko (65/8) continues to be overlooked.

Key midfielder Vladimir Weiss (43/4) returns after missing the September qualifiers through a broken hand, but Juraj Kucka and Marek Hamsik should be fit to play after shaking off minor knocks.

Norbert Gyomber is banned after picking up three yellow cards, while Zenit defedner Tomas Hubocan is the favourite to replace Peter Pekarik on the right flank.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Kozacik – Hubocan, Skrtel, Durica, Svento – Pecovsky, Kucka – Mak, Hamsik, Weiss – Jakubko.

Belarus

Last 5 matches

Belarus vs Gabon 0-0 (International friendly)
Russia vs Belarus 4-2 (International friendly)
Belarus vs Spain 0-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Ukraine vs Belarus 3-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Belarus vs Luxembourg 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

High-profile players Sergey Krivets (31/4) and Vitaly Rodionov (46/10) continue to be overlooked, but Rennan Bressan (19/3) keeps his place after finally returning to the national team.

Key players Sergei Kornilenko, Alexander Hleb and Timofei Kalachev were both forced to withdraw through injury, with Roman Begunov also missing out. Ivan Majewski and Igor Shitov are sidelined as well. Maksim Volodko was added to the squad.

Captain Aleksandr Martynovich has served a one-match ban and he is available for selection, and he should again form the defensive pairing with Egor Filipenko.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Zhevnov – Sivakov, Martynovich, Filipenko, Bordachev – Balanovich, Bressan, Drahun, Kislyak, Nekhajchik – Gordeychuk.

Interesting Facts

*Slovakia will qualify for Euro 2016 if they win this match. They are 1.57 (4/7) to defeat Belarus.

*Slovakia conceded just one goal in last five matches. Home win to nil is available at 2.40 (7/5).

*Belarus will be without three players that started their previous qualifier, with one of the substitutes also missing.

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