Moravcik makes Scots his pre-match favourites
Former Slovakia and Celtic favourite Lubomir Moravcik has tipped Scotland as favourites when the two sides meet at Hampden this week.
Gordon Strachan’s men face two must-win matches as they seek to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Victories against Slovakia and Slovenia would secure a second-placed finish in World Cup qualifying Group F, with the two sides both ahead of Scotland in the table.
A point at Hampden on Thursday would almost certainly be enough to guarantee Slovakia second place ahead of their game against Malta next week but Moravcik, who played for Celtic between 1998 and 2002, thinks home advantage will play a big part, although conceded his country is still more likely to progress.
He said: “Slovakia are in the best position because Slovenia go to England and that is hard for them but Scotland also must go to Slovenia and win.
“It’s still hard but the most important game is Thursday against Slovakia.
“I didn’t see Scotland play in their last two games but they are the slight favourites in this game because they play at home.
“I know in Scotland the supporters are very important.”
Slovakia impressed at Wembley against England last time out, taking an early lead through Stanislav Lobotka before going on to lose 2-1 to offer Scotland hope of catching them.
However, that positive approach is something Moravcik believes Jan Kozak’s players have to maintain if they are to get a result at Hampden.
He said: “The most likely result will be the draw.
“What I said about the supporters is an advantage for Scotland in this game but Slovakia won’t come to only defend.
“They played well against England, who are a very strong team, and in the first 20 minutes they kept the ball and scored a goal and I think that is the way to play against Scotland.”
Lubo Moravcik: Support will be important