Our football match prediction:
As expected, England recorded a routine 2-0 win over Malta on Gareth Southgate’s debut with the Three Lions. The team managed to keep yet another clean sheet in the World Cup qualifiers and, no doubt, they are likely to rely on their solid defence in Tuesday’s football match against Slovenia. Daniel Sturridge found the net in the 2-0 win over Malta and he is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against Slovenia. The Zmajceki kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw against Lithuania, but thanks to Rok Kronaveter’s goal they recorded a 1-0 win over star-studded Slovakia. Slovenia will have a bigger fish to fry in their third group game against England and they will be more than happy with one point from the match. Both teams have been impressive at the back of late and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in Tuesday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Valter Birsa):
After making just one appearance for Primorje in the 2003/2004 campaign, Valter Birsa joined Gorica at the age of 17. He impressed with the Slovenian outfit, scoring 26 goals in 61 league matches and, as a result, earned a lucrative move to Sochaux. The left-footed midfielder, who plays as a winger as well, did not score too many goals for the French outfit (8), but it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Auxerre (in 2009) before his contract expired. Despite being on Liverpool’s radar, Birsa joined Genoa on 2 February 2011 and he made nine league appearances for the Rossoblu in the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign. After ending his loan spell with Torino in 2013 he joined Italian giants Milan, in what was a swap deal for Luca Antonini, who moved to Genoa. Valter Birsa has 12 caps for Slovenia U21 and he represented the Slovenian national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 9 September, 2009 against Poland.
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.