England look set to proceed their group unbeaten on their way to the Euro 2016 finals. Can Slovenia stop them in their tracks?
Can it be four from four? Well we certainly think so and England start this match in extremely high spirits, confident that they can take a step further towards qualification for Euro 2016 with a Wembley victory on Saturday evening.
Roy Hodgson’s charges have started their Euro account with a bang, three wins from their opening three matches sending them firmly to the top of Group E. Another win this weekend will cement their position further as they aim to qualify with maximum points.
An encouraging performance will be expected in this clash, the side mindful of their forthcoming friendly encounter with Scotland at Celtic Park next Tuesday, a match which promises much in the way of excitement.
The Three Lions are firm favourites to qualify for the finals in France, Hodgson’s side looking on course to finish without dropping a point, perhaps without even conceding a single goal.
The team has undergone huge changes since their dismal showing in the World Cup and the young side will be desperate to steer themselves back to winning ways in a major final.
This match will likely see the crowds flock to Wembley in large numbers, however there is still a huge amount of work to be done should we see a full stadium for a Three Lions match.
Slovenia come into this clash having managed two victories from their opening three matches and now that the finals have been expanded to accommodate a further eight sides, the visitors will feel that this could well be their best chance to secure for themselves a place in their first finals since 2000.
Back-to-back triumphs over Lithuania and Switzerland followed an opening 1-0 defeat by Estonia and danger man Milivoje Novakovic will pose a huge danger to the home defence, Bostjan Cesar and Jasmin Kurtic also likely to feature in the Slovenian attack.
Hodgson will likely name a similar line-up to the side which defeated Estonia 1-0 in the last outing, however Saido Berahino and Stuart Downing will make a start this time around.
Captain Wayne Rooney will likely lead by example by breaking the deadlock following his decisive goal against Estonia last month in Tallinn, 7/2 up for grabs at 888sport should the Manchester United star open the scoring.
With less than 2.5 goals in all but one of England’s three qualifying matches to date and all of Slovenia’s, we feel that this trend will continue and another low-scoring match lies ahead.
Live coverage on ITV1 at 5pm, Saturday 15th November
Our betting tips
First Goalscorer, Wayne Rooney – 888sport 7/2
Under 2.5 goals – Sky Bet 4/5