10 Interesting Stats Ahead of Wales-Slovakia

1 – This is the only group stage match in the tournament that will feature two debutants going head-to-head.

4 – Wales only had four different goalscorers in qualifying – fewer than any of the 24 finals participants.

5 – In the only two previous meetings between these two nations the visiting side have scored five goals (Euro 2008 qualifying) – Slovakia winning 5-1 in Cardiff before Wales won the return leg 5-2 in Trnava.

6 – Slovakia won six of their first 10 qualifying games but only one of their last four.

26 – Slovakia’s Juraj Kucka and Wales’ Hal Robson-Kanu committed the most fouls in qualifying of players selected for the finals.

36 – During qualifying, Slovakia became the first team to defeat defending champions Spain in 36 matches (9 years).

45 – Wales’ Gareth Bale had the most efforts on goal (excluding blocked shots) in qualifying.

73% – Whilst this is Slovakia’s first European Championship as an independent nation, eight of the 11 starters in Czechoslovakia’s 1976 final win were born in what is now Slovakia.

82% – Gareth Bale was involved in nine of Wales’ 11 goals in qualifying (7 goals, 2 assists).

2006 – Gareth Bales first goal for Wales was in their Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Slovakia.

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