Slovenia vs England
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Stadion Stozice, Ljubljana.
Slovenia bounced back with a narrow 1-0 win at against Slovakia after escaping from a huge upset on the opening day of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. A second half goal from Rok Kronaveter was enough to secure all three points. While they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by Lithuania on the opening day. Interestingly all the three goals scored by Slovenia have fallen late in the second half.
England were below par in their 2-0 win against a lowly ranked Malta. Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli scored in the first half to seal the second win in a row of the qualifying campaign. Their first match of the campaign was against Slovakia and Adam Lallana was the savior with a late goal with seconds left on the clock to save the day for the Three Lions.
England tops the Group F table with 6 points from their 2 matches. Slovenia and Scotland are just behind them level on 4 points. Lithuania are on fourth with 2 points, while Slovakia and Malta are yet to open their account after tasting defeats in their opening two matches.
Slovenia vs England: Head-to-Head Stats
England have won in each of the four matches played against Slovakia so far. They recently met in the 2016 Euro qualification group phase and the two Three Lions’ win came with a 3-1 margin at home and a 3-2 margin in the away leg.
England also defeated Slovenia when the two sides met at the group stages of the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa. This was England’s only win in the tournament and they progressed to the round of 16 and were knocked out by Germany. Slovenia finished third in the group and failed to progress any further.
Slovenia vs England: Prediction
England have created plenty of scoring chances in each of their two games in the tournament. But a combination of poor finishing and bad lucky have prevented them from finding the back of the net more often. This is a reassuring sign and we can expect the flood gates to open against Slovakia, a team that they had beaten in each of the four meetings so far. Moreover, England are a side that have done exceptionally well in the recent qualification tournaments and they must win this quite comfortably.
Slovenia vs England: Betting Tips
- Both Teams to Score and England to win at 4.75.