Our match prediction:
Both Slovakia and England are brimming with confidence ahead of the final group game. Jan Kozak’s men outplayed Russia on Wednesday and thanks to the triumph the Slovaks managed to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive. However, Monday’s football match against England will be anything but a walk in the park for Marek Hamsik and his teammates and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the Three Lions in Saint-Etienne. Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge helped England pick up all three points from the Wales game and Roy Hodgson’s men will be looking to build on the triumph when they take on Slovakia at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Given England’s attacking potential, we predict that the Three Lions are going to extend their goal-scoring run against Slovakia. When the two teams met in a friendly back in 2009 England emerged triumphant (4-0).
Highligted Player (Pekarik):
Peter Pekarik is a Slovakian defender born on 30th October 1986 in Zilina, and has so far made over 60 appearances for the country’s national team. The full-back spent his early career at boyhood club Zilina, and his big break came in January 2009, when he joined German giants Wolfsburg. Pekarik in turn helped his new side lift their first ever Bundesliga trophy in his debut season, but eventually lost his place in the starting line-up and decided to join Hertha after a season-long loan at Kayserispor. The right-sided defender has since featured in over 70 league matches for the Olympiastadion outfit, who enjoyed a great deal of success during the 2015/2016 campaign. Pekarik has been one of Slovakia’s most consistent performers since making his debut in 2006, and he started three games for the team at the 2010 World Cup. Operating alongside Martin Skrtel, Kornel Salata and Tomas Hubocan, Pekarik was a part of the team that secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions. England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age. Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.