The central match of Sunday selection of World Cup 2018 teams will play Slovakia and England. Several months ago, rivals met at the European Championship in France and then the Slovaks were able for the first time not to lose the English “lions” – a goalless draw. Until then, there were 3 defeats in a row. Today Jan Kozak’s team looks forward to more, but the favorite – is not it.
Football. Qualifying match. 2018. Slovakia – England
September 4th, 2016 at 19:00 GMT
It can be considered the current calendar year is quite successful for the national team of Slovakia. “White-blue” is not only the first time in history made their way into the final of the European Championship, but were good at the tournament. Wards Jan Kozak conceded Wales, defeated Russia and drawn with England, which was enough to from the 3rd place to get into the 1/8 finals. But in the first round of the playoffs is no chance in the game against Germany, the Slovaks have not – defeat 0:3.
To overcome the group stage of the tournament Slovakia’s team calculates and in the selection for the World Cup 2018 the first year since the world championship earlier performed only once – in 2010, the year also went to the 1/8 finals. Among the top contenders, “white-blue” in the struggle for a way out of the group at this time – England, Scotland and Slovenia. Will Trust Jan Kozak overcome the sieve of selection?
Like Slovakia, England and completed his performance at the 1/8 finals of the previous Euro, but the pioneers of football such a result except a failure can not be called. Problems with the “three lions” began at the stage of the group stage, when the team was limited to only a draw in the matches against Russia and Slovakia. Winning the British only managed to Wales, which, incidentally, are not allowed to get ahead of the Welsh in the standings – wards Roy Hodgson finished only second.
And in the 1/8 finals of the England team a disappointment, losing a modest Iceland and stopped the fight in the European Championship. Not helped “three lions” and quickly scored a goal. On it Icelanders responded before the break with 2 balls in the proper execution – 1:2.
After Euro England was forced to withstand a wave of criticism in his address. As a result, the main culprit for the failure of the announced head coach Roy Hodgson, who was unable to unleash the true potential of many promising artists. Hodgson lost his job, and was replaced by Sam Allardyce, who in his long coaching career has already worked with a lot of Premier League clubs. How will debut “Big Sam” in the national team?
Special personnel losses in England on the eve of its debut in the selection for the World Cup year of 2018 – no. Lineup “three lions” for the match against Slovakia Sam Ellerdays announced yet up to 2 days before the game. It looks as follows: Hart – Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose – Dyer, Henderson – Lallana, Rooney, Sterling – Kane.
Statistics and personal meetings
Last time current rivals met each other in June this year on the stage of the group stage of Euro 2016. And the game did not reveal the winner – 0: 0.
England had never before yielded Slovakia – 3 wins and a draw.
Slovakia team won only one victory in the 5 previous matches, including friendlies.
In 7 of the 9 previous matches involving the England team scored both teams.
Slovakia national team – tough nut to crack. And even the British to crack it is not very easy. Obviously, it will be very hard duel in which expect from the enchanting football – useless. And under such circumstances, there is serious doubt that someone from the rivals will be able to demonstrate the full potential of their attack. We think that Slovakia did not lose a match is rich in goals.
Predictions: Slovakia will not lose and UNDER 3.5 goals