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EURO 2016 - Slovekia vs England - MATCH PREVIEW

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If England will have topping the group on their minds, Slovakia will desperately look for an automatic qualification berth when the two Group B sides take on each other at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Monday, June 20.

Slovakia was counted as on the underdogs for this year tournament but their performances so far, if anything, have been inconsistent. The presence of playmaker Marek Hamsik makes them a dangerous opponent for any opposition, although they are yet to live up to that billing. Their opening fixture against Wales could have earned them a point but they were left undone by the gritty Welsh. However they bounced back quickly to pick up all points against Russia in the next match – thanks to their talisman Hamsik who scored one and assisted another. That eased their qualification concerns but to fulfill them, Slovakia now has to win against England.


Group B standing currently have Slovakia sit third in the table with three points but still harbor high hopes of progression. But the group is so tightly placed that Slovakia may end up at either ends of the table. But the dilemma now would be to go for a win or to play safe and pick one point.

England: a young team may prevail

England on the other hand have come with an exuberant young squad riding high on ambitions. A draw against Russia robbed them of full points but the game against Wales saw them dish out their best play. Wales had an early goal and were leading for so long that it appeared as if England would be disappointed. But as luck would have it, Roy Hodgson saw his substitutes Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge score late goals to win full points. With qualification concerns off the back, England could play with total freedom.

Slovakia’s win over Wales was their first in three matches. Their record in last ten encounters reads as – six wins, one loss and three draws. England aren’t far behind with 11 wins from their last 14 matches with only Spain and Netherlands thwarting them. The key to England’s success could lie in getting the right team to start the match.

With just two clean sheets in their past ten matches, Slovakia have a very suspect defence. But they were involved in high scoring encounters with eight those ten matches producing over 2.5 goals. And England’s record of failing just once in their last ten matches is as much impressive. Both sides should go for goals in what promises to be a cracker of a game.

Slovekia vs England Betting Advice:

Back both sides to score.

England to win

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