It‘s the first match for Sam Allardyce as the manager of England‘s national team – and it‘s going to take place in Trnava versus Slovakia. The opening qualifier is taking place on Sunday, and hopefully, it will go down better than the last match with Slovakia did: Roy Hodgson’s men came out with a clean-sheet draw.
Now to be fair, this is probably the toughest opponent for the English in their qualifying group, which also includes Scotland, Malta, and Lithuania. The Slovakian team were brilliant defensively in June, and that strong performance could definitely empower them to a strong game this time again.
According to the UK-licensed bookie TonyBet, The Three Lions could clock in a win this time around: the odds for that are at 97/100, while Slovakia got 16/5 for a victory. In any case, this does not look like an easy match from any angle – although sometimes, it is far better to expect a tough opponent rather than to underestimate them.
Slovakia did way better than expected last June – and along with their star man Marek Hamsik, they could go on to play rather brilliantly. On the other hand, England has got a new manager on deck, which alone is a reason to be optimistic, and we can expect a fair bit from Michail Antonio, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, and, of course Jamie Vardy.
While Marek Hamsik will most definitely cause a fair bit of trouble for the English side, it is still a cold hard fact that The Three Lions are made up of a bunch of incredibly talented footballers who can definitely be expected to put their best foot forward if only the strategy is right and sound.
So, can England go on to win this game, even despite Slovakia’s home advantage? While that remains a strong possibility, there is something to be said about their upcoming opponents’ spirit and determination – and even if that doesn’t hold up as well as Slovakians would like, it will still provide us all with a brilliant match of true football.