Nations League: Scotland vs Slovakia



Scotland and Slovakia will be hoping for Euro 2020 qualifiers on Sunday as they face off in the UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park. Both sides progressed from the playoff semi-finals on Thursday to reach the Euro final next summer. All focus now turns to Group B2 clash in Glasgow as Scotland seeks to squeeze their top spot against bottom of group Slovakia.

Scotland was hit hard before the match with Israel when Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus. Not only the Southampton midfielder had to isolate himself, but also Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie after intimate contact with him, all three are still absent in the upcoming two Nations League matches against Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Clarke stuck with a three-man defense against Israel and that is likely to still happen on Sunday, although there could be personnel changes. Scotland now has just one more game left and will participate in a major tournament for the first time since 1998 thanks to a penalty shootout win over Israel. Kenny McLean scored the decisive goal to secure a one-leg draw against Serbia - a 2-1 win over Norway in the semi-final - in Belgrade next month. Steve Clarke will certainly keep an eye on the biggest game in a generation for Scotland, and he will want to give more momentum to the tournament as Scotland has now gone through 6 games without losing, winning 5 of them, including 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the most recent Nations League match. The Czechs had to put in a brand new squad following the outbreak of the corona virus in their campaign, but Clarke's legions did well to win at Olomouc. They also won 4 points after their first 2 matches in Group B2, they also had a 1-1 draw with Israel a few days earlier. The Czechs had to put in a brand new squad following the outbreak of the corona virus in their campaign, but Clarke's legions did well to win at Olomouc. They also won 4 points after their first 2 matches in Group B2, they also had a 1-1 draw with Israel a few days earlier. The Czechs had to put in a brand new squad following the outbreak of the corona virus in their campaign, but Clarke's legions did well to win at Olomouc. They also won 4 points after their first 2 matches in Group B2, they also had a 1-1 draw with Israel a few days earlier.

Slovakia has also been hit hard by coronavirus cases, with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar having to withdraw from the team. Like rivals Clarke, Hapal is expected to bring in some new strikers for this match at Hampden Park. Robert Mak and Lukas Haraslin are among those vying for a return to the starting lineup after sitting on the bench in midweek. Slovakia ranked bottom of group 4 after a strong 3-1 loss to Czech Republic and 1-1 draw with Israel, Pavel Hapal's army faced relegation to League C when things were still stable, but at least they are still eligible for Euro 2016 after beating the Republic of Ireland in the playoff semi-final. The home side survived a few frightening games in a 120-minute match before winning the penalty shootout, with Northern Ireland and hoping to get a spot in the tournament finals. Slovakia has not had a win in normal time in 6 of their last 7 games, while Scotland is currently unbeaten 4 at home, winning 3 of them. These countries have only met twice before, with that meeting being in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when Scotland lost the away match 3-0 but won 1-0 at Hampden Park 12 months later. thanks to Martin Skrtel's own own goal in the last minute of the match.  



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