Fri, Sep 2, 1:17pm by Roy Skillen
Slovakia Vs England – World Cup Qualifier
Date and Time: Monday, September 5 2:00am
Venue: Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia
There is a new dawn on the horizon for English football. Gone is the 69-year-old footballing dinosaur Roy Hodgson who presided over shocking displays at both the World Cup in Brazil and European Championships in France. The former Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool boss was criticised by fans and pundits for playing many of his big name stars out of position and for persisting with a style of football that was a throw back to the 1980s.
Thankfully for English fans the FA have ditched big Roy and replaced him with Big Sam Allardyce. The 61-year-old former Bolton and Sunderland boss is well known for playing a style of football that would be more suited to the 1980s… Hold on, hold on, it looks as though it could be more of the same for The Three Lions. Instead of pushing for a younger coach that plays a more expansive game, they have stuck with the old school formula. Big Sam has promised to play his players in their right positions though, which could be a step in the right direction, but will he get them playing the right way and turn them in to the world-beaters that many people think they should be?
I definitely think there will be some sort of rebound effect. Players will be up for impressing the new boss and with World Cup qualification on the line they will get a win here against Slovakia.
Norway Vs Germany – World Cup Qualifier
Date and Time: Monday September 5 4:45am
Venue: Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway
Defending World Champions Germany will be looking to prove a point after exiting at the Semi-Final stage of the European Championships. Joachim Low’s men never really hit their straps in France and were comprehensively dumped out of the competition by the host nation 2-0, but they did look good in a recent friendly win over Finland and will be hot favourites to skip through this qualification group.
Norway are never an easy team to beat though. They also beat Finland in a recent outing and pushed a strong Belgium team during a 3-2 loss back in June. But it’s been a while since they really had any world-class stars to call on and even with home advantage I think they will struggle against a strong German team. Norway will battle as hard as ever but Max Mayer and Co will surely break them down in the later stages. I will have my money on a half time draw – Germany to win double with William Hill paying generous odds of $4.20.
*All odds were provided by William Hill and were correct at the time of publishing
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