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England vs Slovenia, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

Slovenia Eyes Upset Against England

  • England has won five of the six head to head encounters against Slovenia
  • The average goals per match in the h2h clash between both teams is 2.33
  • England and Slovenia have scored two goals apiece in the 2024 Eurocup

England to win (1-0)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

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England's recent form is concerning, having drawn with North Macedonia (1-1) and lost to Iceland (1-0). They've only managed two wins in their last six matches. Hoping to improve their attacking output after scoring just two goals in their last two games (a win and a draw), England will rely heavily on Harry Kane (8 goals and 2 assists in 8 qualifying matches) to lead the line. The team desperately needs a big win to regain confidence.

Meanwhile, Slovenia is on a hot streak, with recent victories over the USA (1-0) and even a surprising 2-0 win against Portugal. This form makes them one of the hottest teams in international football. Competing in their second European Championship as an independent nation, Slovenia is aiming to make history with a deep run in the tournament for the first time ever. This goal is achievable if Benjamin Šeško (5 goals and 2 assists in 9 European qualifying matches) can continue to spark their offense and take pressure off the backline.

As Slovenia eyes its first-ever Round of 16 appearance as an independent nation, they face a tough test against an England squad desperate to build momentum and solidify their chances of a deep tournament run.

England Preview

Following a disappointing 1-1 draw against Denmark, England needs to find its attacking rhythm. Much of that responsibility falls on the shoulders of Jude Bellingham, whose big-game mentality was evident in his winning goal against Serbia. His performances in Real Madrid's Champions League campaign, where he notched 4 goals and 5 assists, showcased his ability to elevate those around him.

Captain Harry Kane, a true leader with 36 goals and 8 assists for Bayern Munich this season, is also key. He's hungry to win a major trophy for the first time in his career. Bukayo Saka, boasting 16 goals and 9 assists for Arsenal this year, will be looking to rediscover his scoring touch after a recent slump in the tournament. Replicating his qualifying form (4 goals and 2 assists in 7 matches) would make England a real threat.

Phil Foden, who has contributed a significant 19 goals and 8 assists to Manchester City's stellar season, will be eager to finally break through with a goal or assist for England. He'll likely partner with Trent Alexander-Arnold (3 goals and 4 assists for Liverpool this year) to push the ball forward and create scoring opportunities.

Defensively, the experience of Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker has provided a solid foundation, supporting goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Now, England needs to address their attacking woes to truly contend.

England Projected Starting XI - Jordan Pickford (Goalkeeper); Marc Guehi, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Declan Rice (Defenders); Kobbie Mainoo, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden(Midfielders); Harry Kane (Forward)

Slovenia Preview

Slovenia needs a win to secure a spot in the knockout stages. They'll be looking to repeat their previous dominance in ball control and build on their two draws. Leading the charge is captain Jan Oblak, arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He's added 13 clean sheets to his name this season for Atletico Madrid, reaching a remarkable 200 career clean sheets. Oblak's brilliance in goal has been vital, conceding only two goals in the entire tournament against strong Serbian and Danish offenses.

His defensive prowess is complemented by a solid backline. Jaka Bijol, with 51 caps for Slovenia, anchors the defense alongside two prolific scoring defenders: Zan Karnicnik (30 caps and a crucial goal against Serbia) and newcomer Erik Janza (3 goals in 12 appearances). These players are adept at pushing the ball forward, creating opportunities for the attack.

Leading the attack is the young and talented Benjamin Šeško, who has netted 11 goals for Slovenia in 31 matches and an impressive 14 for RB Leipzig this season. He'll be partnered with Andraz Sporar, who contributed 3 goals and 2 assists during the qualifiers.

Slovenia Projected Starting XI- Jan Oblak(Goalkeeper), Zan Karnicnik, Jaka Bijol, Erik Janza, Vanja Drkusis(Defenders), Petar Stojanovic, Timi Maxi Elsnik, Adam Gnezda Cerin, Jan Mlakar(Midfielders), Andraz Sporar, Benjamin Sesko(Forwards)

This crucial final group stage match hinges on two key factors: experience and pressure. England undoubtedly carries the heavier burden of expectation. Despite their recent struggles to score, young talents like Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka have a history of rising to the occasion. Their hunger to perform, combined with Harry Kane's motivation to silence critics after underwhelming performances in big games, could create a potent attacking force.

England's advantage extends beyond their young stars. The presence of Premier League and Champions League winners like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden provides a level of experience and skill that could overwhelm even Slovenia's formidable defense. The relative inexperience of Slovenian players in major leagues, coupled with their midfield issues, could create a significant gap in quality. 

England to win (1-0)

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