It will be the fifth straight Euro’s appearance for the Russians, and they will try to end their preparational period with a morale-boosting victory, as their international appearances are not that convincing, having only two victories in the last ten matches.
They are coming to this clash after a 1:1 draw last Tuesday on the road to Poland when they played a pretty balance encounter so the outcome didn’t come as a great surprise.
In front of them is a perfect chance for a much-needed win, as the Bulgarians are appearing poorly in their internationals.
The Russians will miss goalkeeper Lunyov (7/0, Zenit), defenders Smolnikov (30/0, Krasnodar), Neustadter (13/1, Dynamo Moscow), Kutepov (13/0, Spartak Moscow), and midfielder Akhmetov (8/0, CSKA Moscow) for this clash.
Uruguay is well aware of the shire importance of the upcoming encounter, as they are currently at 5th place in the rankings, sharing the same amount of points as their opponent in this one.
They played four matches so far in the World Cup qualification, successfully taking all three against Chile and Colombia, but unfortunately suffered two defeats against Ecuador and Brazil.
Overly looking, they showed a decent potential so far in the campaign and will definitely try their best to participate for the fourth consecutive time in the most important competition in the football world.
The Netherlands surely has the upper hand in this one and will probably try to use this match in the best way possible and warm-up for the upcoming European Championship.
This will be their 12th friendly against Scotland in mutual history, and as mentioned, they have the better result, having five victories, three draws, and three losses, so definitely, the bookies are quite reasonable considering them as favorites, and not just by their H2H friendly matches, but due to obvious difference in quality.
They will miss defenders Hateboer (11/0, Atalanta), Tete (14/0, Fulham), Karsdorp (3/0, Roma), midfielders Vilhena (15/0, Krasnodar), Strootman (46/3, Genoa), and forwards Babel (69/10, Galatasaray) and Bergwijn (12/1, Tottenham) for this one.
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.
Newport scored in 91% of their away games this term and they scored five times in their semi-final victory over Forest Green. Seven of Morecambe’s 10 clashes with the top six this season saw BTTS land, while they lost both meetings with Newport despite scoring.
Value lies with goals at Wembley
We have faith that these two will shake any nerves ahead of this game and continue their good form in front of goal. Newport only made it here after a 4-3 loss in extra-time at Forest Green in the semis, while they conceded over a goal per game on the road in the regular season.
Brann hosts Stromgodset. Brann definitely needs this game, they are desperate and hungry for points and I am absolutely sure that they will attack from the first minute.
They lost all their last 6 games which is absolutely terrible. But a win can boost them in the league as many other teams are in extremely poor form. To be honest, Brann is not that bad, they score goals but concedes a lot, they concede too much and can’t be trusted.
The main strength of Brann is their aggressive and open style of play mostly on the wings and they have produced 100% over 9.5 corners till now. The weather is expected to be a little windy and this is a very important factor for corners.
On the other side, we have Stromgodset which for me is one of the most dangerous away teams in the league. Sometimes they might seem not that strong but for me they are. This team can always make the surprise. They are 1-1-1 overall with 4 points but I watched them and they deserve much more.
BATE accepts Slavia in a match that definitely can bring the surprise. BATE Borisov is in perfect form at home – 100% win rate in domestic league and 100% win rate in the cup competition but here come the question marks.
First of all, BATE is not the team from recent years that always participated in the European tournaments. They lost the title in two consecutive years to Dynamo Brest and Shakhtyor. They tend to win but they do it in a really hard manner. Most of their wins are with one goal margin which shows that they play difficult and nervous football and get easily tired. Nobody wins forever so the good for will end.
Moreover, “”modern” rivals Shakhtyor are 10/10 wins in the league which definitely makes pressure on BATE.
Aarhus ended up at 4th place in the Championship campaign and will have to walk a bit more difficult path if they want to reach their goal and grab the European exit ticket.
They are coming to this final match after a pretty convincing defeat in their last encounter against Midtjylland when they were routinely outplayed with a 4:0 result on the road.
Simply said, the quality gap was too obvious in this one, and there is not much that the guests could do to prevent from conceding two goals in each part, as their overall appearance was quite passive throughout the match.
The home side will miss central defender Backman (4/0) and forward Mortensen (29/15) for this one. Doubtful are central-back Tingager (13/1) and forward Jorgensen (1/0).
Aalborg finished at the 7th spot in the relegation group, leaving their closest Sonderjyske with two points in deficit, and will now have a chance to get the European exit for the next season.
Molde started the new season in a good manner, as they haven’t lost a match since the begging, defeating Rosenborg in the last round on the road with a 2:3 result.
Both sides managed to be effective once during the first part, and even though the hosts took the lead in the 78th, the visitors showed a great deal of persistency in their overall appearance, as they managed to reverse the result to their favor with goals in the 87th and the 90th, and took all three points in this very dynamic encounter.
Molde is currently at the leading spot on the table, sharing the same amount of points as their closest followers Bodo/Glimt.
The hosts keep on missing defender Haraldseid and midfielders Ellingsen and Sjolstad, all three without playing so far. Forward Sigurdarson (1/0) remains doutbful.
Koln managed to escape a direct relegation during their last clash of the regular part of the season at home against Schalke when they took a close 1:0 victory and will do their best to survive in a two-leg match against Holstein Kiel.
Overly looking, they were a better squad during the whole encounter, but they only managed to score late in the 86th minute over Bornauw who planted a header, deserving an even higher margin victory, while Schalke appeared in their similar manner, not being dangerous at all, not surprisingly.
The hosts should keep missing midfielder Rexhbecaj (30/5) and forward Dennis (9/0) due to knocks.
Holstein Kiel failed to grab a direct promotion, as they ended up in 3rd place in 2. Bundesliga, not being too concrete in their last two matches when they come with surprising defeats.