Football Bet of the Day: England to return to winning ways

 | Saturday 29th June 2024, 18:46pm

Saturday 29th June 2024, 18:46pm

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After an underwhelming group stage, England will be hoping to hit form in the knockout stages and their first task is to overcome Slovakia in the last 16 on Sunday (17:00, live on ITV1).

The Three Lions were victorious over Serbia on matchday one but were subsequently held to disappointing draws with Denmark and Slovenia. For our Football Bet of the Day, I'm backing Gareth Southgate's side to return to winning ways.

Football Bet of the Day

  • England to win and under 2.5 total goals @ 7/4

Group C failed to set the 2024 European Championship alight in terms of goals and entertainment, with just seven strikes finding the back of the net over the course of the six group matches.

Two of these goals came for England - with Real Madrid superstar Jude Bellingham (against Serbia) and captain Harry Kane (against Denmark) both finding the net - however many of the attacking talents for the Three Lions have either underwhelmed or failed to receive many minutes on the field.

An improvement is of paramount importance for Gareth Southgate’s side and, while they should have enough about them to reach the quarter-finals, they may struggle to put many past a well-organised and resolute Slovakia outfit.

England vs Slovakia Odds

The Falcons arguably produced the first real shock of the Championship as Ivan Schranz helped Slovakia to a 1-0 victory over world number three Belgium and they would have gone unbeaten in Group E had it not been for a late moment of magic from Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk on matchday two.

Slovakia have proved to be tough opponents in recent years with just four defeats from their last 20 internationals, but the calibre of opponent in those losses should give England hope.

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Besides Ukraine, who the Three Lions took four points from in qualifying, the Falcons were beaten by Austria - who impressed in Group D as they finished second ahead of the Netherlands - and Portugal, who were victorious home and away in qualifying and are one place below England in the FIFA rankings.

Given they have struggled against the “larger” nations in world football, England will be expected to come out on top in this encounter but a low-scoring affair is still on the cards.

Each of England’s three group games saw winners in the under 2.5 goals market while the same was true of two of Slovakia’s Group E fixtures and, should the Falcons play a low block, they could frustrate the Three Lions for large portions of the tie.

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