England hosts Slovakia in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Europe.
England: The home team is currently holding the 1st position, with 17 points won, after 5 wins and 2 draws. Even though they managed to beat Malta 4-0, the team has done it with great effort. Gareth Southgate, who prepares for his fourth home qualifier as England manager, knows his men must improve when they play against Slovakia in order to stay group leaders. They are two points ahead of their rivals and victory will mean a huge step closer to the World Cup. Also, England is undefeated in their last 8 matches while scoring at least one goal in their last 4 games.
Slovakia: On the other side, Slovakia is currently holding the 2nd position. They have earned this positions with 15 points won, after 5 wins and 2 losses. They haven’t lost their last 5 matches. Their offence scores regularly, as they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches in qualification. However, the second-placed team is only four points ahead of Scotland and Lithuania, and a loss against England could put a pressure on them in upcoming matches. They will certainly aim to surprise their rivals while hitting them on the counter and focusing on Marek Hamsik who is their key player.
Conclusion: All in all, there is a high probability for this to be a very close game. Both sides have great defensive records, however, the home team will come strong enough in the match and demonstrate their ball control. It is foreseeable that England will be the team with more scored goals after the final whistle.
|04.09.16||WC||Slovakia||England||0 : 1|
|20.06.16||EUR||Slovakia||England||0 : 0|
|28.03.09||FI||England||Slovakia||4 : 0|
|11.06.03||EUR||England||Slovakia||2 : 1|
|12.10.02||EUR||Slovakia||England||1 : 2|