Slovakia are also very much in contention to go through to the last 16 and will be setting their sights on a famous scalp in Saint-Etienne. The bookmakers have made their predictions, including some intriguing wagers in the first goalscorer market, and have made England favourites for victory.
How the Bookies see it
- Match Winner: England 3/4, Draw 13/5, Slovakia 19/5 - Sky Bet
- Half-Time/Full-Time: England/England 19/10, Draw/England 13/4, Draw/Draw 19/5 - Coral
- Correct Score: England 1-0 11/2, Draw 1-1 13/2, England 2-0 8/1 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Harry Kane 9/2, Sturridge 5/1, Jamie Vardy 11/2 - Paddy Power
For England it has been a tale of late goals, after they conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Russia in their opening match but then struck in stoppage time to beat Wales 2-1 and move to the top of the group.
Slovakia slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Wales before bouncing back in style with an impressive 2-1 victory over Russia. They are currently third in the group, just behind England and Wales and two points clear of bottom-placed Russia.
It has been a strange tournament for England, having been widely praised despite their draw with Russia and then needing to come from behind to defeat Wales. Qualification is already virtually assured but they will be desperate to win the group and book a theoretically kinder draw for the next round, so Hodgson’s approach should be just as positive as it was in the second half against Wales.
There have been some encouraging signs from England as an attacking force and if all the pieces can be stitched together there should be plenty of chances against a Slovakia side which has looked better going forward than sitting back. Slovakia were perhaps unfortunate to lose to Wales, they won 3-1 in Germany just a few weeks ago and, in Marek Hamsik, they have one of the players of the tournament so far.
Slovakia, like England, are in control of their own destiny and could very well win the group with a victory. The odds of an England win at 3/4 with Sky Bet will tempt many punters but an even better price might be the 11/10 offered by Coral on both teams to score.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Both teams to score - 11/10 at Coral
Please note, odds may change in the lead up to the game