Southgate expects tight affair

04 September 2017 03:32:19 EST

England manager Gareth Southgate is expecting Slovakia to adopt a defensive approach to Monday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

England are at the top of Group F after winning 4-0 in Malta on Friday while Slovakia are second, just two points behind Southgate's team.

Slovakia have won their last five qualifiers and have only conceded four goals in their seven matches to date.

Slovakia are 11/2 to keep a clean sheet at Wembley while a 1-0 victory for England is available at 9/2. Southgate's team can also be backed at 5/1 to score a penalty in the match.

Southgate said: "We've got to assume that Slovakia aren't going to come here and open up and make it easy for us - that's apparent.

"We've got to be adaptable in the way that we perform. We know how we want to play. We've got an opponent that's going to want to stop us.

"Whichever road the game goes down, we've got to be able to adapt and adjust to that, and we believe the players are becoming more and more savvy to the challenges of international football."

Slovakia beat Slovenia 1-0 on Friday while Adam Lallana scored the winner for England in Trnava 12 months ago with virtually the last kick of the match.

The match proved to be Sam Allardyce's only game in charge of the national team.

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