It’s a minimum requirement for the England national football team to qualify for the World Cup and European Championship.
It’s rare they fail to reach either of these two tournaments and they look well placed in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group F to make it to Russia next year. England has 14 points from its 6 games and sits 2 points clear of upcoming opponents Slovakia.
Both teams will be expecting to come into this match having won their previous games and this means it will have huge significance as to who will finish top of the group.
Slovakia reached the Round of 16 at the European Championship last year and are attempting to qualify for their second World Cup finals.
Despite being the top two teams in the group, the bookmakers predict a clear winner for this match at 2/5 and that’s England.
England have lost only 1 of their previous 18 matches at home, including friendly games. Not only that but you must go back to November 2007 to find the last England lost a home competitive match which was against Croatia.
Slovakia have won each of their last 4 World Cup qualifying matches having started the group with 2 defeats. However, other than recent wins in Lithuania and Malta, they have struggled against big nations away from home and it would be a surprise to see them win this match.
Slovakia are 9/1 with Bet365 to win the game but the best they could probably hope for is a draw, which is on offer at 15/4.
England has been very good defensively in the group and have not conceded any goals at home. They did concede 2 goals in the away match against Scotland but they were the first and only goals they have conceded in this group. Bet365 offer for England to win the match to nil is 9/2.
At home, England has scored 2 or more goals in their last 4 matches and in each of their last 12 competitive games. With Bet365 you can bet 19/20 on England to score 2.5 more goals in this match.
If Slovakia is to take anything from this match Marek Hamsik must be at the top of his game. The Napoli midfielder is one of the top performers in Serie A and can cause England damage if playing well. Hamsik is available at with Bet365 to score at any time in the match.
England may make a change in goal for this game and rumours are Jack Butland could come in to replace Joe Hart. Harry Maguire has been called up to the squad for the first time in his career but may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Slovakia will be hoping Marek Hamsik is fit for this match following the game against Slovenia. Vladimir Weiss in attack is also a key player for Slovakia and will be required if they are to stand any chance of getting something from this game.