With the chance of securing a place in the 2018 World Cup with a round of anticipation this Thursday, October 5, England will host Slovenia, still in contention for a place in the World Cup, at Wembley Stadium , In London. The game, scheduled to start at 15:45 (GMT), is part of the schedule of the ninth (penultimate) round of the European qualifiers.
England’s recent performance
The English confirmed their favoritism in the previous double journey. Against Malta, they scored 4 – 0 as a visiting team. They had 20 points (six wins and two draws) of the 24 possible with the best attack (16 goals) and they scored 20 points (six wins and two draws). the least leaked defense (three tries) of the key.
Although victory is required to secure the spot with a round of anticipation without the need to worry about other outcomes, the draw may also be enough to reach the goal. In that case, there is a need for Slovakia not to win its departure. The Slovaks, who have 15 points, will face Scotland in Glasgow at the same time.
However, even if he does not set his life on Thursday, England will have another chance to stamp his passport against eliminated Lithuania. Will face the national team on Sunday, October 8.
Coach Gareth Southgate made few changes to the call. One of them was the call of midfielder Fabian Delph of Manchester City. Since November he had not been called to England. For this contributed a serious injury that left him off the pitch for much of the second half of the 2016/2017 season.
At home, England have perfect advantage so far in the qualifiers. He won all four games with nine goals scored and only one conceded. Against Slovenia, they will not be able to count on striker Dele Alli from Tottenham. Suspended for a match, he was called by Southgate, but could only play against Lithuania.
The current form of Slovenia
The wall made by goalkeeper Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid made Slovenia not suffer a single goal in their domains. That earned three wins and a draw. However, the results were not the same when the team was submitted to the pressure of the opponents as a visitor. The goals suffered were not many. The team was leaked four times. But the attack only made three goals.
This situation means that the Slovenians do not rely solely on their results to win a place in the Russian World Cup. With 14 points (four wins, two draws and two losses), the team is in third place. Only the champion of each group secures a place in the World Cup. Anyone in second may still have the chance to play the play-off, provided he is not the worst runner-up in the comparison of the nine groups.
To top it all, he would not only have to beat England on Thursday, he needed to beat Scotland in the final round, and hope Lithuania defeated the English. Of breaking, it would still have to discount the difference in the balance of goals. The English have 13 goals against six of the Slovenians.
The possibility of combining these results is minimal. Thus the real hope of Slovenia is to get second place in the key. Nor does it depend solely on its results. You need Slovakia to not win at least one of the two matches left. In addition to the Scots, the Slovaks will face Malta’s fragile team on the final day.
History of matches England vs Slovenia
The English were never defeated by the Slovenes. The clashes between the selections were only five, with four victories of England and a tie. In the first round of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Russia there was scoreless equality.