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England vs Slovakia: Three Lions to grind out Wembley win

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Odds: England 33/100, Draw 4/1, Slovakia 15/2

Kick Off: 1945, 04/09/2017

Stadium: Wembley

TV: ITV

England can open up a five-point lead at the top of their World Cup qualifying group if beating Slovakia and are fancied for a vital Wembley victory.

These familiar foes played out a goalless draw at Euro 2016 but Adam Lallana’s stoppage-time strike gave the Three Lions a 1-0 triumph in Trnava at the start of this campaign 12 months ago.

The hosts have kept six clean sheets in seven Group F games and we’re taking 19/20 they win to nil in our England vs Slovakia betting predictions.

A Look At England’s Betting Odds

England were flattered by the final scoreline when beating Malta 4-0 on Friday, with only Harry Kane’s 53rd-minute effort separating the teams until a late flurry of goals.

However, Gareth Southgate refused to let some jeers from his own supporters spoil his mood after eventually edging a step closer to Russia 2018.

He said: “I’ve played in so many qualifiers and watched so many qualifiers and I don’t remember many of them being free-flowing champagne football. It just hasn’t happened, especially when there’s no space to play.

“You have got to work your way into the opportunities. I’m really pleased with what the players have done because they’ve kept their focus, kept calm.

“In the end, the build-up of pressure mounts and you get your goals.”

A similar pattern of play could be on the cards at Wembley, so 29/10 for draw half-time and England full-time is worth including in our England vs Slovakia betting tips.

Kane can be backed at 5/2 to break the deadlock again and Southgate added: “He’s in top form, but he’s also got the mentality to want to be the best.

“He knows where he’s sitting. I asked him how many goals in how many games and he knew. He also knew how many Ronaldo had at this point, how many Messi had at this point and everybody else.”

A Look At Slovakia’s Betting Odds

Slovakia had to rely on a late own goal by Miha Mevlja to shade a 1-0 triumph over Slovenia on Friday but that result kept the pressure on England.

Jan Kozak’s side can go top of the table with a surprise success on Monday night but they have never beaten England in five meetings, losing on four occasions.

Martin Skrtel’s 57th-minute dismissal did ruin their chances in last September’s game against England but just one off-target shot in the whole match highlighted a lack of creative flair up front.

Looking at the England vs Slovakia odds, 9/2 for a 2-0 home win takes the eye.

Additional stats

Last result:

Malta 0-4 ENGLAND – Harry Kane (2), Ryan Bertrand, Danny Welbeck

SLOVAKIA 1-0 Slovenia – Miha Mevlja (og)

Head-to-head: Slovakia 0-1 England, Slovakia 0-0 England, England 4-0 Slovakia, England 2-1 Slovakia, Slovakia 1-2 England

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Best bets for England vs Slovakia

England to win to nil @ 19/20

Draw HT/England FT @ 29/10

England to win 2-0 @ 9/2

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