Currently being in a preparation for the European Championship, Slovakia will definitely approach this one with a victory in their mind, as their overall appearance was mediocre at least since 2020.
To their advantage goes the fact that they did record a home victory last time when they were put together in the World Cup campaign against Russia, outplaying them with a 2:1 result.
This will be their second consecutive EURO appearance, and a perfect chance to see if some things should be fixed before the real thing starts.
Defenders Gyomber (28/0, Salernitana), Hancko (14/1, Sparta Prague), Valjent (9/0, Mallorca), midfielders Stoch (60/6, Zaglebie), Rusnak (32/5, Real SAalt Lake) and forward Safranko (10/0, Sepsi) are missing out this time.
The Bulgarians are coming to this clash not so representative as they tasted a victory only once since 2020, in a friendly against lowly ranked Gibraltar, and logically, failed to qualify for the EURO.
In their current World Cup qualifiers campaign, they are not doing well, as they failed to record a victory in a group shared with Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, and Lithuania, taking only a point out of three matches played, and we will see if they can do any better in continuation in September this year.
They miss goalkeeper Iliev (19/0, Ludogorets), defenders Zanev (46/0, CSKA Sofia), Popov (35/0, Hatayspor), Cicinho (7/0, Ludogorets), midfielders Kostandinov (28/3, Arsenal Tula), Raynov (8/0, Levski) and Nedelev (33/2, Botev) compared to previous call-up.
Slovakia vs Bulgaria H2H
15.11.06 Slovakia vs Bulgaria 3 : 1
19.05.99 Slovakia vs Bulgaria 2 : 0
Currently, a better roster and a team
Looking at their overall appearances, it would be unreasonable to expect any other outcome except the Slovaks taking the victory in this encounter. Overly looking, they did present themselves with a better football, and with the EURO being just behind the corner, they have a lot to prove and can not allow themselves to enter the competition with low morale.