England v Slovenia Betting Tips
Belgium are the only side from UEFA qualifying to book their place at the 2018 World Cup so far (except for hosts Russia). That will change over the coming international break with England one of those sides on the verge of qualifying.
Gareth Southgate’s men will be assured of their place in Russia with a victory over Slovenia on Thursday night at Wembley Stadium while a draw will be good enough if Slovakia fail to beat Scotland away from home.
Southgate will be happy enough to get a successful qualification campaign under his belt but he knows that the hard work starts now.
England have a habit of performing well on their way to a tournament before spectacularly crashing and burning when they get there. Southgate does have big tournament experience with the England Under 21s but he still has plenty of work to do to win over the bulk of the England support.
England’s Attacking Threat to Prove Too Much
It’s never straightforward being the England manager as Southgate will doubtless already have found out. He had just finalised his plans for the coming games against Slovenia and Lithuania when FIFA announced that Dele Alli would serve a one-match suspension for his middle finger gesture against Slovakia.
The loss of Alli, who is becoming an increasingly important player from an attacking perspective for England, will disrupt their flow but at least they have his Tottenham teammate, Harry Kane, firing on all cylinders.
Kane broke his duck for the season when England beat Malta at the start of October and he’s gone on a goalscoring spree ever since.
Kane’s hit such heights that his goals could just fire England on to big things at the World Cup. For now though, he’s content to score the goals that get them there and so a bet on Kane to score first against Slovenia should pay off at 45/17 with 888Sport.
Kane is far from England’s only attacking threat. Both Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford have made good starts to the season so if England’s midfield can get on the ball and create chances, the home side should get the three points they need.
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A Fast Start Can Break the Slovenian Resistance
Slovenia have employed a clear game plan in their attempts to get out of Group F and to the World Cup.
Srečko Katanec’s men have maximised their games at home with three wins and a draw (a 0-0 stalemate against England) and made themselves very tough to beat on their travels. Three of their four away games in the group have included just one goal, something that England must be aware of.
Slovenia will have no qualms about making life as difficult as possible for England at Wembley Stadium but their plans will be thrown into disarray if the home side can make an early breakthrough.
That’s well within England’s capabilities which leads us to a couple of bets.
First, have a bet on over 1.5 first-half goals at 2/1 with Coral while the 5/6 that Paddy Power are quoting on the first goal being scored before 28 minutes also looks well worth taking.