England are currently sitting pretty at the top of Group E after three wins from their opening three games, and given one of those victories was away to Switzerland, the Three Lions are well on the way to having qualification sewn up.
Of course, there is no room for complacency, and Roy Hodgson will ensure that won’t become an issue, but Slovenia can be stubborn opponents and the home side need a positive start to the match if they are to put in a big performance and earn a decent victory – something for which the Wembley crowd will be all too impatient.
England – as is the way these days – have a very attack-minded squad, with captain Wayne Rooney enjoying a strong supporting cast that includes the likes of Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Ross Barkley. Rooney is just a few goals away from the all-time England goalscoring record, and he is certain to put everything into finding the net in this one.
Slovenia are three points behind England in second in the group having beaten Lithuania away and, impressively, Switzerland at home. They are likely to set up to frustrate England from the off, but an early goal for the home side could well open the floodgates, such is the attacking talent at Hodgson’s disposal.
If you fancy there will be a few goals in this one, BetVictor have an offer that could be of interest. The bookie will refund losing bets on selected markets as a free bet of up to £10 if there are four or more goals scored in the match.
The offer applies to pre-match bets only (that is, in-play bets don’t count) and your bet would need to be on one of the following markets to qualify: half time/full time, correct score, first/last/anytime goalscorer, scorecast or spincast. If your bet goes down but there are four or more goals in the game, you’ll be credited with a free bet that is equal to your stake (max £10) within 24 hours of the match ending.
In attempting to take advantage of this offer we suggest you should employ one of two tactics. The first option would be to back something at fairly short odds but which you are relatively confident will come in (as a winning bet is better than a free bet). Alternatively you could plump for a long-odds outsider in the hope of winning big but knowing that if you don’t there is a reasonable chance you will get a refund as a free bet.
As such, for a short odds option we’d certainly go for England to be winning at half time and full time at 20/23. Whereas if you are looking for a big win, why not opt for a scorecast of Rooney to score first and England to win 3-0 and potentially lucrative odds of 25/1?