England vs Slovenia – 2018 World Cup Qualification: There’s no doubt that England are considered one of the top favourites to win these big competitions.
However, they have been a team that has disappointed on the final stages of the competitions.
It is still questionable to consider them favourites, but it can also be a mistake to leave them out of that category, since they have great quality players. Their only problem has been presenting a good chemistry as a team.
They have great young talents, who have tons of potential, with many of them playing in this World Cup and the next one, but in order to improve, they need to ensure their qualification as a way to gain some experience and not get so nervous on the big decisive games.
England was placed in a group that must be considered easy. And to prove that, the team has come this far without a single loss and, despite 2 draws, the 6 wins they have got so far are enough to see themselves 1st in this group and in position to ensure qualification already if they are able to avoid defeat in this match.
England still has one more match to play, which should be an easier one, against Lithuania, despite being away from home, but they should still want to take advantage of their home advantage and motivation to seal their qualification.
The truth is these players respond well to this kind of more favourable encounters, where the crowd pushes them forward, on an environment they know very well and feel comfortable on.
When there is less pressure, many of these young talents rise and they also have Kane in brilliant form, so he should surely be the team’s great offensive threat.
Slovenia is having a good campaign, sitting in 3rd place on this group, just 1 point behind Slovakia and tied with Scotland, which means they can still reach the play-off spot.
Their two last matches are not easy at all. First, they have to play away at Wembley Stadium and then they will host Scotland. However, with only 2 matches left, the team has an extra motivation because the still have a word to say on this qualification group.
Slovenia has called-up a good roster. They have a good defence, that only conceded 4 goals during this qualification stage, and they even managed to draw 0-0 with England on their first match, in Slovenia.
Slovenia’s biggest issue has been their attack. The team struggles to create chances and score goals, especially when they play away from home.
On their last 2 matches away from home, they failed to score, and even on their general record, they only have 10 goals, which is just 4 more goals than Lithuania.
On the first match between these two sides, England ended up dominating the match.
The fight for ball possession wasn’t really a fight and I believe the trend will maintain itself in this match, with England now playing at home and focused in ensuring their spot in Russia, which will leave Slovenia in a tougher situation.
England vs Slovenia – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This time, I don’t think that Slovenia will keep a clean sheet if the English are able to put them under pressure.
Which would force them to open up their game more and break their defensive organization, since they would have to take more risks at this stage of the competition, to at least give it a shot and try to reach the play-off spot.
I expect a match where England will have an easier time, and they have attacking players in good form to score, so they will win the match comfortably.
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