Russia vs Slovakia. Will the Russians continue to play "zero"?

On Friday, October 8th, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia will play against Slovakia.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Russia vs Slovakia


After the failure at the European Championship (one victory in three matches and the last place in the group), Russia changed its coach: Karpin took the place of Cherchesov. In the selection for the 2022 World Cup, the team played 6 matches. Under the leadership of Stanislav, she lost to the Slovaks (1-2), but beat Slovenia (2-1) and Malta (3-1), but did not concede a single goal with Valeriy, gaining 7 points: 0-0 with Croatia, as well as victories over Cyprus (2-0) and the same Malta (2-0). Dzyuba refused to be called up to the national team, and Smolov took on the role of leader, taking an active part in three goals out of 4: one goal scored and two assists. In the standings, Russia shares the first place with Croatia (13 points each), ahead of the Slovaks by 4 points.


The Slovaks unsuccessfully started the selection for the 2022 World Cup, having “painted the world” with the group's outsiders: 0-0 with Cyprus and 2-2 with Malta. Then, however, they beat Russia at home and scored a point in the away game against Slovenia (1-1), but in the 6th round they suffered their first defeat - at home from the Croats (0-1), conceding the only goal in the 86th minute. In the last match, against Cyprus, Tarkovich's wards delighted their fans with a bright and confident victory with a score of 2-0, which allowed them to move up to 3rd place in the standings.

Russia vs Slovakia

Russia vs Slovakia facts

  • Of the 6 official face-to-face meetings, Russia won only one;
  • In all 10 head-to-head meetings, teams scored no more than three goals for two;
  • Under the leadership of Karpin (three games played), Russia has never missed;
  • Russia has not lost 6 official matches in its arena;
  • Slovaks conceded in 7 official matches of the last 8.

ODDs from download 1xbet

Bookmakers consider Russia to be the favorite of the meeting, offering to take her victory for 1.93. The draw goes for 3.45, and the victory for Slovakia is given for 4.4. 1xbet is leaning towards an ineffective fight: "Total Under (2.5)" - for 1.66, and "Total Over (2.5)" - for 2.3. Download 1xbet to your phone and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

In Trnava, at the end of March this year, Slovakia beat Russia 2-1. The hero of the match was Robert Mack, who chalked up a goal + a pass.

The result in the upcoming meeting will predetermine the further struggle in the group. If the Slovaks are able to take three points, they will continue to fight for the second place, giving the Croats a direct ticket to the World Cup, but if they lose, then Russia and Croatia will compete for the 1st and 2nd places. We are leaning towards the second option, because Karpin's team plays with their fans and in the last three matches they have never missed. On the other hand, there is no confidence in the easy and confident victory of the Russians, because of the last 11 matches, the Slovaks have suffered only two defeats, although they missed very often. The bets “1X + Total Under (3.5)” for 1.56 and “Russia's victory in one ball or a draw” for 1.74 look nice here. The win-win bet would be "Slovakia Under (1.0)" at 1.48.

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