England’s trip to Slovenia marks the last meaningful test Roy Hodgson’s men will face on the road in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, with victory almost certain to guarantee them a spot in next summer’s tournament.
Six points already separate the Three Lions from their forthcoming foes in second place and should they snare the spoils in Ljubljana there’ll be nine between them with just 12 to play for.
Triumph for the visitors is exactly what the bookies are envisaging, though it may not be as straightforward as is generally expected.
They go 87/100 about an England win, with the 12/5-rated draw and 31/10 Slovenia providing the odds-against alternatives.
As tempting as these prices are, they struggle to stand up to the mammoth 17/4 saying the Three Lions will prevail in a game where both teams find the back of the net.
It’s a price bwin have boosted especially for this fixture and with the same eventuality typically weighing around the 7/2 mark with other bookies, it looks a wager very much worth making.
Good value isn’t the only reason to get on board with the traveling party here, for there are plenty of stats to twist the arm to the point of Chinese burn.
The first of which is that England have won on both occasions these two have faced one another.
Of these two meetings, the most recent – a 3-1 Three Lions win at Wembley in the corresponding fixture – saw both teams find the back of the net.
This result contributes to a run of three matches in five for Hodgson’s troops where both teams have notched, so there’s form for another edition here.
Slovenia, who have lost seven of their last ten competitive and non-competitive kick-abouts, don’t tend to fulfill many fixtures where both nets bulge, but when playing at home it’s rare for them not to score.
Colombia beat them 1-0 in the final game of 2014, but around that anomalous loss, they’d bagged in five from five.
This quintet saw flawless victories recorded, but it’s difficult to envisage England, who haven’t failed to score in European Championship qualification since 2010, failing to hassle the score master.
Ten games have taken place since the match in question – a goalless draw in Montenegro – and the Three Lions have won eight.
So the formbook suggests it’ll be a win for the visitors, while also indicating their opponents will get on the scoresheet, meaning a big win for those who take bwin up on their fantastic offer.