Slovakia vs England by Rahul

England finally showed glimpses of the form that got them to these Euros with a great second half comeback against Wales winning the game 2-1 with a stoppage time winner. The England manager Roy Hodgson realised the big mistake he made leaving out Jamie Vardy, who was the top striker for Premier league champions Leicester, who had shown consistent form through the season and he rewarded him with a goal within 15 minutes. England will also rely on Wayne Rooney in particular to control the match, much like he did in both the games they have played so far, so Hodgson will rue subbing him out early in the game against Russia which costed them. The English defence were quite stable for the game against Wales, and a brilliant free-kick from Gareth Bale was the only moment that was able to beat Joe Hart.


Slovakia came into the tournament as one of the favourites to get out of this group and were able to put in a solid performance against Wales, but were beaten by a moment of magic. They were able to beat the Russians, although the Russian defence were half asleep coming into that encounter. The team has over-relied on Marek Hamsik to deliver the goods, and luckily for them it prevailed in the last game. Slovakia’s defence have shown to be vulnerable conceding in 5 out of their last 6 games; and that will be something that England will look into in order to try and exploit.


England will be buoyed by their late performance last time around, and know that they need to win in order to top the group to face an easier team in the next round. A draw will not be enough, as it means Wales could beat Russia and over-take them. I expect England to put in a solid performance and beat Slovakia; but we could see some goals in this game.


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England Unibet 1.90 6 0-0 LOST (-6 units)
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