Ace Football previews the UEFA Nations League round 5 match between Slovakia and Azerbaijan and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
The spotlight is on both Slovakia and Azerbaijan as the UEFA Nations League rivals go looking to boost their points tally. They face each other on Thursday in the battle at Anton Malatinsky.
Although only separated by a few points, Azerbaijan will have their work cut out for them this coming Thursday. Slovakia are favored to maintain the lead they currently hold on Azerbaijan in the UEFA Nations League standings.
Position in the UEFA Nations League table: Slovakia vs Azerbaijan
The current standings in Group C3 show us how Slovakia and Azerbaijan have performed this season so far. Surely, an exciting battle for three points is on the cards in this round 5 clash this coming Thursday.
Current form and previous UEFA Nations League encounter between Slovakia and Azerbaijan
Slovakia hoping to bounce back
It is difficult to point a finger at recent results for Slovakia, as they have performed according to their level. Slovakia lost two of their last three matches, as they went down 1-0 in a meeting with Kazakhstan. They replied by beating Azerbaijan 0-1, before losing again, this time 2-1 against Kazakhstan.
Azerbaijan continue to look blunt
Azerbaijan go into this encounter hoping to turn a page, as performances in recent matches have been pretty scrappy. In their last three matches, Azerbaijan drew 0-0 with Belarus, lost 0-1 against Slovakia and beat Belarus 2-0.
Latest games between Slovakia and Azerbaijan
Slovakia held on to a clean sheet in their last encounter with Azerbaijan in the UEFA Nations League. They ended up as 1-0 winners in June 2022 and 2-0 winners in November 2019. Perhaps something worth considering before settling on your next accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.
Slovakia vs Azerbaijan Stats
Here are some interesting betting-relevant facts based on statistics from the last couple of matches that Slovakia and Azerbaijan played across all tournaments.
- Slovakia have conceded in 10 of the last 12 home matches
- Slovakia have not won 5 of the last 6 home matches
- Slovakia have scored in 7 of the last 9 matches
- Azerbaijan have not won 22 of the last 24 matches
- Azerbaijan have not won 15 of the last 17 away matches
- Azerbaijan have conceded in 17 of the last 19 matches
- Azerbaijan have conceded in 10 of the last 11 away matches
- Azerbaijan have lost 5 of the last 7 away matches
When looking at the list of the in-form players from both teams, we see some interesting names popping up. Vladimir Weiss currently stands out for Slovakia, with Mahir Emreli starring for the visitors. We expect both could be among the goalscorers once again for their respective teams in the upcoming match this coming Thursday.
Best tips for the match: Slovakia vs Azerbaijan
To sum up, the upcoming match between Slovakia and Azerbaijan seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with the main prediction for this game but also some alternative ones.