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Slovakia v Romania Prediction, Tips and Odds: Marin unlikely to test keeper

Group E is in deadlock after two rounds of matches, with all four teams on three points, ensuring a tense showdown between Slovakia and Romania in Frankfurt.

Slovakia beat Belgium 1-0 in their opener and were in control of the group when they took a one-goal lead against Ukraine, but it was the Blue and Yellow who had the final say, striking twice to win 2-1.

Romania were impressive when crushing Ukraine 3-0, but were then beaten 2-0 by Belgium last Saturday.

Slovakia are 11/5 to get the win, Romania 11/4, but it's odds of 11/10 the draw which are most revealing, confirming that a draw would see both nations into the last-16 stage.

Slovakia v Romania Betting

Slovakia v Romania betting tips and predictions

Draw/Draw Half Time/Full Time - 12/5

The ghosts of Gijon '82 are being summoned by some observers who fear that Slovakia and Romania have only one thing on their mind in Frankfurt on Wednesday evening.

It was back at the World Cup in Spain in 1982 when West Germany and Austria played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 win to the Germans which saw both countries qualify for the next stage at Algeria's expense.

Forty-two years later and you only need to look at the draw price - 11/10 - to see which result works for both Slovakia and Romania as they go into their Group E finale at the Waldstadion.

With all four teams on three points and Romania currently top on goals scored and Slovakia third, whatever happens in the other match between Belgium and Ukraine, a point apiece in Frankfurt takes these two teams through.

Given that background and the size of the prize that potentially awaits these teams if the night ends well, it really is hard to envisage too many risks being taken.

If both teams do take a 'needs-must' approach then maybe go for the Draw-Draw Half-Time/Full-Time result at 12/5, again short, but the risk pays a greater reward than the outright draw.

Marius Marin Under 0.5 Shots - 8/11

Romania midfielder Marius Marin has yet to get a shot away in 180 minutes of Group E action, so there is no reason to presume he will suddenly come to life in a match where attacking doesn't have to be top of his team's agenda.

Marin has piled up 40 yellow cards and just three goals in his last three seasons at Serie B club Pisa, indicative of the type of player he is at club level.

And for Edi Iordanescu's side he also takes on the enforcer role who will deliver far more tackles than shots.

The 25-year-old has yet to score for Romania in 20 appearances and it would be a surprise, given everything we know about qualification scenarios, whether that comes close to changing.

Under 8 Corners/Under 9.5 Romania Shots Bet Builder - 3.53/1

Caution prevailing in Frankfurt has certainly been factored into the prices so a Bet Builder isn't a bad idea, gathering up a few elements.

Both teams, for example, average 5.5 corners so far, but if the match maps out as many predict then are they really going to reach those levels.

Equally, Romania have had 23 shots in two games but may well not get near the 11.5 they average if motions are gone through. The Under 8 match corners and under 9.5 Romania shots Bet Builder pays 3.53/1.

Read more football betting tips and predictions

Slovakia - 11/5
Draw - 11/10
Romania - 11/4

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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