Kek’s squad again against the strings and tradition: home ground is a strong ally for the northerners, Slovenia hasn’t scored in Denmark yet
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Slovenian selected species will play the first of two final balls to qualify for the European Championship in the Danish capital on Friday; only a win in Kobenhavn will count. But at the same time, the statistics are strongly in favour of the home team, which will be playing the heavily decimated.
The Parken Stadium in Kobenhavn is a Danish fortress that few people ever conquer. Since 2017, the Danes have lost only four times on home soil, twice against Belgium and once each against Finland and Croatia. It was only a year ago that the then reigning world champions , France, left the same green with their heads bowed.
Apart from being one of Scandinavia’s great allies, Slovenia cannot (yet) boast of scoring a goal in the land of the one of the happiest populations in the world. The national team from the land on the sunny side of the Alps has visited the 1992 European champions twice. First in April 1997, in the World Cup qualifiers, when they lost 0:4, and then again four years later, when the home team won 3:0 in a friendly.
The two teams are also in identical form at the moment, with four wins and one draw in their last five matches, which were split in their last meeting in Stožice in June.
Undoubtedly, Matjaz Kek’ s men have the toughest task in these qualifiers, but not so long ago, away in Northern Ireland, this squad proved that streaks and traditions are meant to be broken. Especially the negative ones…
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