Slovenia vs England – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingEngland will play their last group match today at 15:00 BST against Slovenia at Port Elizabeth. The self pronounced World Cup favorites from England is forced to win against Slovenia to avoid an early elimination, while the Slovenians will be the smallest country ever to qualify for the last 16, if they can secure a draw today.

Match Preview

Before the World Cup Slovenia was happy just qualifying for the tournament, which coach Matjaz has called a fairytale story from a Hollywood movie. However after two games the Slovenians lead the group with four points and can decide their own fate against England. A situation no one could have imagined beforehand, but nevertheless is the fact before the final group match. The Slovenians have played their chance well so far and essentially have nothing to lose against England, although it would be a huge disappointment for Matjaz’s side should they not qualify later today.

On the other hand England is feeling the pressure from their fans and media at home, which is not surprising given their disappointing performance so far at the World Cup. Two draws and two points are the results for England, who looked anything but promising against the Algerians. In addition the poor play has resulted in rumours of divisions within the English camp, which surely does not help matters before their crucial game today. Anything but a victory would likely mean exit for England and they really have to find their winning way against a confident Slovenian side. However England has done it before, as they won their final game in 1986 and 1990 after failing their first two group matches. Actually it would be the first time since 1958, should England not qualify from the group stage today.

Team Updates

England will likely make some changes for the match today after their tame offensive performance against Algeria. The question remains whether Capello will persist with Heskey on top or change to others to create more chances. In the game against Algeria their midfield had problems as well and did not really control game, which have caused speculations among experts about a switch to a five man midfield. England is without Jamie Carragher after his suspension and Ledley King is not fit enough to play yet after his groin injury.

Slovenia is unlikely to make huge changes for the game, but will be forced to play without Necj Pecnik after his broken ankle against USA. In addition Marko Suler is questionable due to a rib injury from the same match.

Slovenia vs England betting tip

Our betting pick will be England as outright winner in the match at odds 1.44 at 888 sports.

Slovenia will be playing the match, knowing a draw will be enough to send them through. Although it should be an advantage, knowing a draw will be enough, might cause them to play too defensively today. The goal for England is easy, either win or go home, which make their objective quite clear going into the match. At the same time they have quality players on every position and are used to play under pressure in the Premier League. It is had to imagine England will not score two games in a row, why we have chosen England for the match today. Our match prediction will be a small English victory with 1-0 or 2-1.

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