Our match prediction:
It is a Euro 2016 replay for both Slovakia and England, who meet again in the Group F of the 2018 World Cup qualifying. Jan Kozak’s Slovakia suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Germany in the knockouts following their progression through group stage from the third spot in group B. Having also finished their European path in the round of last 16, England went through a managerial change which saw Sam Allardyce take over from Roy Hodgson over the summer. Allardyce’s appointment has split the public opinion and Big Sam will now be eager to silence the critics straight from the start with a predicted three points from his visit to Slovakia. The two sides met on four occasions since 2002 with the Three Lions winning three times. The last encounter in France ended in a goalless draw however and Allardyce’s men will surely be looking for a different outcome to their trip to Antona Malatinskeho stadium in Trnava.
Highligted Player (Svento):
Born on 1 August 1985 in in Ruzomberok, Dusan Svento spent his early career playing for the club from his hometown, and he didn’t need a lot of time to catch the eye of Slavia Prague scouts. The winger joined the Czech giants in 2005 and went on to score 6 goals in 82 league appearances during the four years at the club. Svento then managed to cash in on his solid showings on domestic stage, signing for free-spending Red Bull Salzburg, and he went on to win three league trophies with his new club, while making over 40 appearances in European competitions. Svento has spent last couple of years at FC Koln, struggling for playing time, and it looks as though he will be forced to leave the Billy Goats in search of regular playing time. Making the biggest impact as a left winger, but also capable of operating at left-back, Svento has been a member of the Slovakia national team since 2006, but he was not always considered first team regular and currently has less than 40 caps to his name.
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.