England vs Slovakia: Preview, Team News, Head-to-Head and Predicted Lineups

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England will take on Slovakia in the Round of 16 at Euro 2024 on Sunday, June 30. With both teams looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

England kicked off their Euro 2024 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Serbia, courtesy of Jude Bellingham’s early goal.

They followed this up with a lackluster performance in a 1-1 draw against Denmark and a disappointing 0-0 draw against Slovenia.

England vs Slovakia

On the other hand, Slovakia pulled off a major upset by defeating Belgium 1-0 in their opening match.

Slovakia followed that with a 1-2 defeat to Ukraine and in their final game, Slovakia drew 1-1 with Romania.

Despite their last two awkward performances, Slovakia will be looking to replicate their earlier success against England when they meet on Sunday.

England vs Slovakia team news

Luke Shaw is set to make his comeback for England in their upcoming Euro 2024 clash against Slovakia, after being out with a hamstring injury since February. After failing to feature in the group stage, Shaw has returned to training this week.

Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice both trained separately from the team on Thursday but are expected to be fit for the match, with their absence attributed to managing their workload.

There is uncertainty surrounding Phil Foden’s availability for the game, as he flew back to the UK for the birth of his child. However, he returned on Thursday evening and is likely to retain his place in the starting lineup.

However, in Foden’s potential absence, Gareth Southgate faces a decision between Anthony Gordon and Cole Palmer as his replacement on the left side of the field.

On the other hand, Slovakia have no injury worries heading into Sunday’s match.

There is a high probability that Slovakia will stick to the same lineup as they did against Romania.

This continuity in their starting XI shows that Slovakia have found a winning formula and is sticking to it.

Meanwhile, Strelec has shown his quality in front of goal, which has justified his place in the lineup over Boženík.

Slovakia will be hoping that this consistency pays off and helps them secure another important result in their next match.

England vs Slovakia head-to-head record

Their previous meetings at major tournaments have taken place in the UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifiers in Group 7 final standings and the 2016 UEFA European Championship in Group B.

Meanwhile, England dominated Slovakia in their head-to-head record, with a total of 5 wins compared to Slovakia’s 0 victories.

However, the only blemish in England’s record against Slovakia came at Euro 2016, where they failed to secure a win in a game that ended in a goalless draw.

Despite their inability to defeat Slovakia at Euro 2016, England will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record against their opponents in their upcoming match.

England vs Slovakia predicted lineup

Predicted England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Mainoo, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Palmer

Predicted Slovakia XI: Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka, Duda; Schranz, Bozenik, Haraslin.

Time and date

5 pm BST, Sunday, June 30, 2024

Venue

AufSchalke Arena, Gelsenkirchen

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