Slovakia vs England Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
England begin life under Sam Allardyce on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Slovakia for their first World Cup Qualifiers. The hosts will be no push over in this win. Below is our match preview, prediction and betting tips.
Game: Slovakia vs England
Venue: Stadion Antono
Kick off: Sunday 4th September, 5pm
England are fresh off of another ‘disappointing tournament’. If they would have held our or even scored a few more goals against an average Iceland team, then we would have been talking about an England team who struggled in front of goal, but were still fairly dominant and made it to the quarter finals at least.
England in truth were not that far off of the performances required, but as always they found a way to self destruct. They now find themselves in a qualifying group they’ll deal with, but their toughest game could be this trip to Slovakia.
The hosts were strong in their last qualifying campaign beating Spain and holding Ukraine to a 0-0 draw. Incredibly though, they were beaten by Belarus and then showed signs of weakness and inconsistency at the Euro’s.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Hosts Slovakia are best odds 7/2 with Betway. They may be seen as good value, but England have gotten qualifying spot on in recent times. The draw is available at 23/10 with Ladbrokes whilst the visitors England are an even money shot at most bookmakers including Bet365.
I think this is a tough game to call. Big Sam doesn’t exactly have a lot of work to do because he is going to inherit a team that walked through their last qualifying campaign and will have learnt from their Euro 2016 experience.
Slovakia were also far better in qualifying than the tournament themselves, but they set the bar at different heights to England. Beating Spain in their last campaign will always be relevant. This same group of players had the character to do that, so you wouldn’t be surprised if they produce a result here.
Only Slovenia scored against England in the last qualifying campaign as the Lions won all of their games. I do think they’re capable of repeating that, but I also think the atmosphere here favours the hosts who should get on the score sheet. Back both teams to score at best odds 23/10 with William Hill. Too much value for me.
It’s tough to pick a scorer – as always – but all of England’s strike force have been rather unconvincing so far this season, so Slovakia’s main man Marek Hamsik is better value at odds of 15/4 with Boylesports to score at any time.
Free Betting Tip
Both Teams Score – 23/10 with William Hill
Correct Score Prediction
England 2-1 – 17/2 with William Hill
Marek Hamsik – 15/4 with Boylesports