England 1-2 Iceland (Wayne Rooney)
Germany 3-0 Slovakia
Kick Off: 17.00, 04/09/2016
Stadium: City Arena
Head-to-head: Slovakia 0-0 England, England 4-0 Slovakia, England 2-1 Slovakia, Slovakia 1-2 England
Slovakia: Matus Kozacik (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Novota (Rapid Vienna), Martin Dubravka (Slovan Liberec), Peter Pekarik (Hertha Berlin), Lukas Pauschek (Mlada Boleslav), Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce), Norbert Gyomber (Pescara), Jan Durica (Trabzonspor), Lukas Stetina (Dukla Prague), Tomas Hubocan (Marseille), Jakub Holubek (Trencin), Viktor Pecovsky (Zilina), Filip Kiss (FK Haugesund), Jakub Povazanec (Dukla Prague), Juraj Kucka (AC Milan), Jan Gregus (FC Copenhagen), Dusan Svento (Slavia Prague), Marek Hamsík (Napoli), Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlín), Robert Mak (Zenit), Frantisek Kubik (Slovan Bratislava), Michal Duris (Viktoria Plzen), Jakub Sylvestr (FC Nuremburg)
England: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
England to win 2-1 @ 8/1
Marek Hamsik to score at any time @ 3/1
Wayne Rooney to score the first goal @ 11/2
Half of all past matches between these two have finished 2-1 to England
No England player bar Wayne Rooney has bagged an opening goal in qualifying on the road for almost five years
Marek Hamsik scored twice in Slovakia’s last Euro 2016 qualifier
A look at Slovakia’s betting odds
There’s not much to like about the hosts’ 3/1 odds in Trnava, as Slovakia have failed to even find the net against the Three Lions since 2003.
England’s 4-0 friendly victory in 2009 followed 2-1 home and away Euro 2004 qualifying wins, with the sides’ 0-0 draw during Euro 2016 the only anomaly in their short shared history.
Napoli’s Marek Hamsik looks a fair bet to fire at 3/1 though, after bagging his 18th in his country’s colours against Russia during the summer.
The 29-year-old had given Wales’ defence an awful fright in the Dragons’ 2-1 opening-match win, having a shot cleared off the line early on, and should test the developing international nous of England’s John Stones.
A look at England’s betting odds
Sam Allardyce’s first Three Lions XI ought to be in better shape than the one that limply drew 0-0 in Saint-Etienne just over two months ago, when former boss Roy Hodgson was only an Iceland loss away from the exit.
Every new England manager since Bobby Robson has led the side to victory in their first match in charge, so away to a country England have beaten 2-1 twice in four fixtures, 8/1 looks fair.
Ashley Young was the last player bar Wayne Rooney to score an away opener in qualifying for England, all the way back in October 2011, so the captain at 11/2 looks the pick to bag first.
England simply to win the game is even money with bwin.