Competition: European Championship Qualifier – Slovenia vs. England
Venue: Stadion Stozice, Slovenia – Sunday, June 14 – 17:00 GMT
Match Odds: Slovenia 3/1 – Draw 5/2 – England 17/20
The hosts have won three of their five qualifying games so far and will feel they have a great chance of making it through to the knockout rounds.
Slovenia’s last outing in the qualifiers was a 6-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino. They have scored ten goals so far in the group, which is only five less than England, but they did lose in their friendly match against Qatar back in March.
A positive result here will give them a real chance of qualifying and will leave them in a good position going into their next qualifier against Switzerland, who are level on points with them at the moment.Embed from Getty Images
Srečko Katanec’s side are the only opposition to have netted against England in the qualifiers so far as the reverse fixture saw Roy Hodgson’s men win 3-1 at Wembley.
England come into this one off the back of their 0-0 friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland last weekend and will need to show more hunger and determination if they are to pick up the three points here.
The Three Lions have won all five of their qualifiers so far and will feel they have a great chance of getting through the group stages without losing.
Hodgson’s side are unbeaten in their last ten games and they have only conceded three goals in those outings.
Slovenia will more than likely line-up in their preferred 4-1-3-2 formation. The England faithful will be familiar with Inter Milan’s Stefan Handanovic, the Slovenia number one. Veteran goalscorer, Milivoje Novakovic, will hope to spoil England’s 100% run.
England welcome back Fabian Delph after his injury, other than that, Hodgson has no other concerns to his squad. Charlie Austin will hope this will be his chance for his England debut.
Slovenia’s last five: W/L/L/W/L
England’s last five: W/W/W/W/D
Key Stat: England have not lost a game since the World Cup last summer.
Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The England captain is still waiting to become the all time leading goalscorer in their history and will expect to inspire his side to victory.Embed from Getty Images
Slovenia 1-2 England – A closer encounter than the reverse fixture in a hostile away tie for England.