EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
During the last 7th round of the World Cup European qualification both leaders of the 6th group F have gained their victories. England in Malta has ruined the team with the score 0:4 and the team of Ján Kozák in Trnava had won over Slovenes thanks to the own goal of the new full back from Zenit St. Petersburg Miha Mevlja – 1:0. After these victories England and the Slovenes had really strengthen their table position on the top of the champions’ race. And now two leaders will meet with each other on the chief London arena Wembley Stadium.
England – 17, Slovakia – 15, Scotland – 11, Slovenia – 11 …
England (the head coach Gareth Southgate)
On the face of it, the final score of the match Malta – England (0:4), appears to speak about overwhelming advantage of the Three Lions. To tell the truth, the Maltese had made strong resistance to their famous rivals. And that is why by the end of the first half the fans of total betting were disappointed with the result – 0:0. His first goal Harry Kane has scored only on the 53rd minute. And three next goals were scored by the hosts during last 10 minutes of the game.
Slovakia (the head coach Ján Kozák)
Now the leader of the group is ahead of its chief and the only challenger only with two points. This fact speaks about the possibility that in case of victory on Wembley Stadium the team of Ján Kozák will become the main favorite of the group.
Prior to the battle of the teams of Gareth Southgate and Ján Kozák the head coach of the Three Lions had highly estimated the game level of the opponents and had especially high lightened the playmaker of Slovakia and Napoli, Italy Marek Hamšík.
In his interview Gareth Southgate has declared: “It would be wonderful if Marek had played in our team. Now we are solving the problem of his neutralizing. The final result of the match will depend greatly on successful game of the playmaker”.
As we see, the coach of the national team of England is motivating his team on serious battle and the hosts of arena will be pleased even with the goalless score. In this case England will save its leading position.
England – 1.40, draw – 4.50, Slovakia –7.50;
tip: Slovakia (Asian handicap +1.5) - odds 1.74 Pinnacle