Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Wembley Stadium when England and Slovakia face each other in the Group F derby. The Three Lions aim to cement top position in their qualifying group, but Monday’s football match against Slovakia will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Gareth Southgate’s men have yet to suffer a loss in the process and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Wembley Stadium showdown. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Slovakia. Jan Kozak’s men, on the other hand, recorded back-to-back wins over Malta and Lithuania in previous two away games in the process, but they would definitely be happy with one point from the England clash. A close encounter appears on the horizon and seeing that both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Group F derby, share of spoils appears on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year. The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Spurs mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come. Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.