2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Betting Preview | Slovakia v EnglandPublished August 31, 2016
The Sam Allardyce era for England begins with a World Cup Qualifier in Slovakia. A frustrating and disappointing Euro 2016 campaign included a goalless draw with the Slovakians. Despite dominating the game, Roy Hodgson’s side couldn’t find a breakthrough. They had 27 shots on goal, Slovakia had four. That point meant they finished behind Wales in their group.
We know what happened next. Humiliation against Iceland and the restart button being hit yet again. Allardyce is often accused of playing negative football but his biggest strength is his man-management. Instead of getting strikers to take corners and fluff free-kicks, Big Sam will keep it simple. He should restore confidence and give England much-needed belief.
Elephant in the room, you say? Oh yes, Wayne Rooney will likely be playing in midfield, which, judging by his summer displays, will be a hindrance to the Three Lions.
Slovakia made it to the last 16 of the Euros but failed to really impress. They have exciting players in Marek Hamsik and Ondrej Duda but will struggle to control this game.