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England v Slovakia Betting: Back Three Lions to click into gear after the break

14:44 BST 04/09/2017
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Having yet again struggled for a breakthrough against Malta, Al Hain-Cole expects the Three Lions to leave it late once more versus Jan Kozak's men

England will be aiming to take a major step towards World Cup qualification when they welcome Slovakia to Wembley on Monday.

Two point clear of their guests at the top of Group F, Gareth Southgate’s men are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with bet365 to extend their lead to five points with just two games to go by coming out on top.

The Falcons have not won any of the five previous encounters between the teams but are on offer at 9/1 (10.00) to move into top spot with a surprise victory in London.

None of the visitors’ seven group matches so far have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them earning a share of the spoils in this one.

The Three Lions left it late to collect maximum points in the reverse fixture in Trnava, with Adam Lallana’s 90th-minute winner earning Sam Allardyce a victory in his only match in charge.

While Allardyce has since departed, slow starts have remained a feature of the qualification campaign under Southgate, with his side often taking their time to break down determined opposition defences.

This was once again evident in Malta on Friday, when the game remained 0-0 until after half-time and three of the four goals did not arrive until the final five minutes.

Having conceded just one first-half goal in their seven group games so far, Jan Kozak’s men will back themselves to frustrate the hosts in similar fashion at Wembley.

Considering England are yet to concede prior to the break themselves, any goalmouth action seems likely to the largely restricted to the second 45 minutes.

With this in mind, odds of 21/20 (2.05) are not to be missed on the majority of goals being scored after half-time for the fourth time in five meetings between the sides, as well as Slovakia seventh qualifier in eight.

Highest scoring half: Second at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with bet365