Ruzomberok will play the first game of the season at home against Zilina and will try to capitalize on home pitch advantage to debut with a victory. The visitors have an outstanding head-to-head record, but recent fixtures were less fortunate and the games away from home usually ended in a defeat.
Bet: Ruzomberok Asian handicap 0:0
Odds: Bet365 1.90
Ruzomberok spent almost a decade in the second league, but since it promoted to the first flight they’ve built a competitive team. They still have a lot of work to do to improve their percentage away from home, but at Futbalovy Stadion MFK they are a force to be reckoned with. The hosts are still looking for strikers that could strengthen their offensive, after they’ve lost the most prolific one to the Russian team Volga.
What they need is another stellar season from midfielder Dubek who scored a total of 13 goals last season, including two of them against Zilina. The visitors know all too well how difficult it is to stay competitive without a solid offense, but at least they have 24 years old Pich up front. The two teams have met 39 times and Zilina won 25 times while drawing and losing seven, a record that gives them wings ahead of the opening game.
The odds offered by bookmakers for a home win are ridiculously high and they are the result of Zilina’s excellent performance in head to head games. There is plenty of value in backing the hosts to win the first game of 2013, but it wouldn’t hurt to take the 0:0 Asian handicap offered by Bet365. It only decreases the odds to 1.90, but will return the stakes if the game ends in a draw.