Tip Azerbaijan – Slovakia
Azerbaijan welcomes Slovakia to the Dalga Arena for this match in the United Nations League C. The hosts are last in the group with just the single point after losing and drawing their opening two matches. Azerbaijan had a creditable goalless draw in the last match against Belarus as they finished the match with ten men. They are now 12 matches without a victory with three draws and nine losses. Azerbaijan need to find the back of the net if they are to break their win drought as they are now gone four matches without scoring. The home team have had a prolonged run of poor results dating back to the World Cup qualifiers where they finished last in their group and failed to win any of their eight matches. Azerbaijan’s home record makes for dismal reading as they are yet to win in their last 14 matches.
Slovakia will want to bounce back from their shock defeat to Kazakhstan in their last match. This was the first time they ever lost a competitive match to a team outside of the top 100. They are currently in second position in the group with three points with Kazakhstan the group leaders on six points. Slovakia have only lost two of their last seven matches. They have won seven of their last eight matches against Azerbaijan with the lone defeat coming in an away fixture back in 2001. Slovakia have a very good away record winning three of the last four matches with just a single defeat in their last five away matches.
Key points Azerbaijan – Slovakia
In four of Azerbaijan’s last five matches there have been under 2.5 goals.
They have not kept a clean sheet in their last six home matches.
Only once in Azerbaijan’s last five matches has both teams scored.
In four of Slovakia’s last five matches there have been under 2.5 goals.
Only one team has scored in their last six matches.
ConclusionAZERBAIJAN – SLOVAKIA
Slovakia will be desperate to show that their shock loss in the last match was just a blimp in their pursuit of winning the group. Azerbaijan will be looking to end their long wait for a victory but they will have to find their scoring boots if that is to come to fruition. Both teams have found goals very hard to come by therefore we are backing the under 2.5 goals option for this match.