18:45 GMT 05 October 2017
It’s the second international break of the 2017/18 season and there are still plenty of World Cup places yet to be taken. One nation who can confirm qualification with another win is England and they host Slovenia at Wembley. Slovenia can still qualify and a win over England could take them into second place in Group F. England are top of the group and three points would get them over the line for a place in Russia next year.
England and Slovenia always seem to get drawn in the same qualifying groups whether it’s for the European Championships or the World Cup. The best result the Slovenians have got in the five previous meetings was the goalless draw last October. They have played each other four other times and all four ended in England victory, none of them by more than 2.5 goals. There have been more than 3.5 match goals in two of the three meetings. Head to head matches: England - Slovenia
Head to head matches: England - Slovenia
A win for England would see them cruise into the group stage of next summer’s World Cup in Russia but they need to get past Slovenia first. Fabian Delph and Phil Jones have dropped out of the squad which has paved the way for Harry Winks to make his first first-team appearance. Jamie Vardy wasn’t selected due to a groin injury. Latest matches: England
Latest matches: England
Slovenia need a win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive but they’ll be up against it at Wembley. With Atletico goalkeeper, Jan Oblak in goal they have a safe pair of hands between the sticks and he could be the difference.
Latest matches: Slovenia
At Wembley, there aren’t many visiting sides that go into the match as favourites and this match is no different. Slovenia certainly aren’t a bad side but they will struggle especially against the home support of the English fans. Although it should be a routine victory for Gareth Southgate’s men, they aren’t expected to win by more than 2.5 goals and it could turn out to be another narrow win for the Three Lions.
05 October 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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