Slovenia vs England Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Can England win their fifteenth qualification match on the bounce? On their way to winning their Euro 20-16 qualification group, England beat Slovenia twice along the way. The Three Lions took a 3-2 win out in Ljubljana on their last visit there and they may be facing a Slovenian side who are in a confident mood. Slovenia have remained unbeaten in their opening two qualification matches and took a morale boosting 1-0 home win over Slovakia on the weekend, so they may have their tails up for this one. Can they make this a sticky night for England under interim boss Gareth Southgate?

England may just have to go through the motions and grind out a win here. It would be fine if they came back with a 1-0 win under their belt, because it is all about the three points. England took a 1-0 away win at Slovakia to open their account with in World Cup 2018 qualifying and they go to Slovenia on Tuesday night, looking for another win and the chance to see off another of the main contenders in the qualifying picture. England should win this group, but Slovenia are sitting on four points form their two opening games, so England have a great chance away from home to open up a huge early advantage over them. England go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win against Malta at Wembley on the weekend.

Why wasn’t it a bigger win for the Three Lions? Because it didn’t need to be. Malta aren’t too bad at the back for a minnow, and England players looked as if they were holding back in the second half, saving something for this one and if they get the win, no-one is going to mind that. Will Wayne Rooney be in the starting eleven? Interim boss Gareth Southgate made him captain and may be stuck with him, despite using him in a deep role in which the United man really didn’t offer anything special other than Hollywood passes which didn’t penetrate the Maltese back line at all. This perhaps isn’t the kind of fixture to go shaking things up in and a bit of leadership can go along way.

Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford are 7/4 options for the game, with Jamie Vardy and Theo Walcott at the 8/5 mark in the anytime goalscorer market. It’s not likely to go the same way as the last meeting between the two in Ljubljana, which produced a 3-2 win for England in Euro 2016 qualifying. It is likely to be a low scoring affair and under 2.5 goals should have some appeal in this one at a price of 8/15. England scored a total of six goals in their two Euro 2016 qualification games against Slovenia. That was two just of just four previous meeting between the two nations and England have won all of them, taking just the one clean sheet in those sequence of games. The Three Lions are expected to roll out a win in this on and they are a price of 9/4 to take it by just the one goal margin.

They will face a Slovenian side who should be showing a little confidence. They have earned four points from their two qualification games. They opened with a 2-2 draw in Lithuania, a game in which they had to battle back from being two goals behind in. But then on the weekend they took a 1-0 home win over Slovakia, which did their qualification hopes the power of good. So England could be made to work hard again for the win in this one. Slovenia have produced a W2 D2 L2 record of their last six games so are hit and miss. They have scored just the three goals in their last five games played (failing to score in three of the five), but their last two home games have seen them win by a 1-0 scoreline. They are a big price of 17/2 to land a 1-0 correct score. Their main threat going forward is Milivoje Novakovic and he is a price of 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Slovenia vs England Odds

England 3/5, Draw 14/5, Slovenia 19/4

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Slovenia vs England Betting Tips

Would still back the Three Lions to take the win in this one. They have the extra quality and they have the extra depth in their squad to mix things up. This isn’t likely going to be the easiest of games for them, but the Slovenian defence should give up chances. Look for the game to go under 2.5 goals and an England 1-0 correct score should have some huge appeal.

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