European Cup 2016- Group B SLO vs. ENG
Slovakia vs. England June 20, 2016- 3:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Stade Geoffroy Guichard
Needing a victory to advance, Slovakia will prepare to take to the pitch when they face England on Monday night at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Group B action that has the following betting lines;
Best Slovakia Lines: BetOnline ML (+400) Spread +1/2
Best England Lines: BetOnline ML (-121) Spread -1/2
Draw: +205 Over/Under: 2.0
With already a 2-1 victory in hand over Whales to all but assure themselves advancing to the knockout round, the Three Lions will seek another win when they take on an underdog Slovakia team, who need an upset win over the English on Monday to move on.
It was a tense fixture for the English in their win over the team from Whales as they rebounded from a 1-1 disappointing opening match against Russia. Heavily favored to dispose of the Slovaks, we can’t count Slovakia out as they have proven they play their best soccer against bigger teams where they are able to sit back and wait to open up a fast counterattack.
And it was that style of play where Slovakia was able to shock the soccer world with huge wins over Germany and Spain over the last two years; however, in their brief history of European soccer, Slovakia has yet to defeat the Three Lions losing all three previous meetings.
But, it’s been seven long years since these two countries have met on the pitch.
With four points heading into this final group match, Britain’s national team is all but assured of finishing with at least a second-place finish, while for the Slovaks, they hold the third-spot along with Whales but will have their work cut out for them in trying to slow down the tempo of England behind their captain in Wayne Rooney.
Slovakia will look to their midfielder in Juraj Kucka to counter the English, but head coach Jan Kozak has also hinted there may be some changes to the Slovakian lineup again as they will try to recapture the magic when they shocked Spain in October 2014 with 2-1 win.
This is a lot different team the English will see from seven years ago as Slovakia has greatly improved and will enter with some momentum and confidence after a 2-1 victory over Russia. With a second round berth at stake, BetOnline is favoring ENG (-121 ML) over SLO with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored with the draw +205.
Though, heavily favored, we can expect the Three Lions to be in for a dogfight come Monday but staying away from the moneyline, I will favor the OVER of 2.0 total game goals scored as my betting pick for this fixture.