Sam Allardyce’s reign of England starts on Sunday when he firmly gets his feet planted in the job and leads the Three Lions into duty against SLovakia. This is in England’s first World Cup 2018 qualifying match and they should be out for a little redemption as well against one of the sides who tripped them up in their miserable Euro 2016 campaign.
Can they set the record straight on Sunday? Will Allardyce get off to a winning start?
England were held to a 0-0 draw in their final group stage match against Slovakia at Euro 2016, a result which meant that England had to go into a round of sixteen tie against minnows Iceland and well, we know the rest from there. England managed 28 shots against Slovakia in that Euro 2016 contest, while the Slovakians produced just the four in that draw but somehow the Three lions still couldn’t finish the job. They will likely face as much resilience when they meet on Sunday.
Along with Slovakia, England have to face Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in Group F, so not a difficult path ahead by any stretch of the imagination, but it would be nice to get up and running with a win. After a miserable 2010 World Cup, England won their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on the road against Switzerland and they are even money to win this one and extend their W3 D1 record against Slovakia. Slovakia are 13/5 for the win.
Bookmaker Paddy Power have a money back special running for Slovakia v England. Back either England or Slovakia to win this one and if the team you have backed is losing at half time in the match, then you will get your lost stake refunded. The maximum free bet offer from this is a £25 bet and it applies to pre-match win singles only. This top betting offer incidentally, will also be available on Serbia v Ireland in that World Cup 2018 qualifier.
So a big moment for Sam Allardyce as he steps into the fray to lead England forward. The Three Lions impressed so much during Euro 2016 qualification, winning all ten of their matches so they are a strong qualification side. As for tournament Finals, not so much. But the question is whether or not they will be frustrated by Slovakia or will they find a way to break though this time?
England aren’t likely to be threatened by their opponents too much, and now England have a battler at the helm and who thrives more in difficult situations than Big Sam?