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England v Slovenia – England can secure World Cup qualification
The England national football team is always regarded as a team that has the possibility to win a major tournament, but they have not won a competition since the 1966 World Cup and that run has rarely been close to being ended. If the Three Lions can get three points on Thursday night against Slovenia then they will book their place at the Russian tournament.
The Group F leaders have a strong goal difference of 13 and they have accumulated 20 points from eight matches. That is clear of Slovakia (15 points) in second. A point should be enough to see them reach the Russia World Cup finals, though Gareth Southgate will expect his team to win at home in front of their home fans. He will be without Dele Alli, who is suspended, however.
England are unbeaten in qualifying so far, and they have won six of their eight fixtures. They rarely struggle against teams that are in the qualifying groups for major tournaments, but their real standard will be revealed when they face the big countries in competitive matches – this year they have lost to both Germany and France in friendly games to show that there is real work to be done.
They will have to perform well against Slovenia, though. Their opponents are third in the group and have 14 points, so can still mathematically qualify. They would almost certainly need a play-off to do so, and need to get at least a draw at Wembley. Their match against Scotland at the weekend could turn into a must-win for both.
The World Cup odds at Tipbet.com show that England should have too much quality in attack for their opponents. Tipbet have them at 1.35, with Slovenia available to be backed to draw (4.85) or win (9.75) with long odds. A complete list of all World Cup 2018 odds at Tipbet can be seen. There are also markets from across the globe, such as in CONMEBOL, where South American giants Argentina are struggling to qualify for the World Cup despite their quality and star players like Lionel Messi.
For the best World Cup 2018 odds, looks no further than Tipbet. They provide a wide range of markets from all qualifiers, all the way to the finals in Russia next year. This includes South American sides in CONMEBOL, with Argentina still far from guaranteed a place at the World Cup.
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