Slovakia v England betting tips – draw looks best value

England set for draw in Slovakia

Slovakia v England

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Betting Tip: @ 12/5 with bet365

Sam Allardyce’s reign as England manager begins on Sunday evening when the Three Lions clash with a Slovakia side who held them to a goalless draw at Euro 2016.

Roy Hodgson’s side were unable to break them down during a group match to consequently finish second behind Wales in qualifying, with the Three Lions then playing a knockout match against Iceland where they feebly exited the tournament.

Allardyce’s remit is simple. To improve the mentality of the England team and make them more steely, although the former Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton boss doesn’t have the luxury of overhauling the personnel and needs to largely persist with the players who have failed to deliver as a team.

The encouraging aspect of the England squad is that they achieved a 100% record when qualifying for Euro 2016 so the quality is clearly there, even if the big tournament nerves have previously had a big impact.

Wayne Rooney retains the captaincy largely by default, with John Stones potentially partnering Gary Cahill in central defence considering that Chris Smalling has barely played for Manchester United this season.

Joe Hart is likely to operate in goal, with Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw expected to be first-choice left-backs, while Raheem Sterling’s positive form for Manchester City could see the Euro 2016 boo boy operate in an attacking position.

Michail Antonio is the only uncapped player in the squad although the West Ham winger has been a consistent operator for twelve months and Big Sam won’t be afraid to give him and Danny Drinkwater an opportunity.

Slovakia created little against England at Euro 2016 although they will be expected to play a more attacking line-up in this clash, even if they rely heavily on Marek Hamsik for inspiration.

This is an experienced group of players who managed to beat Spain in Euro 2016 qualifying, although they did lose at home to Belarus as part of the same campaign.

Ultimately, the bookies have priced England at too short a price to win this match. It’s easy to assume that this group of players will be too good for their opposite numbers although they didn’t beat them on neutral ground earlier this year and now have the more daunting prospect of trying to win away from home.

A point would represent a good outcome for Sam Allardyce as he bids to steer the team to qualification and we should bet accordingly.

Betting Tip: @ 12/5 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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