UEFA EURO 2024 Pre-Quarter : England V/s. Slovakia Match Preview and Lineups

UEFA Euro 2024 Pre-Quarter

30 June, 2024 - Indian Date

Arena AufSchalke



09:30 PM


08:00 PM

Saudi Arabia

07:00 PM


England [2-1] Slovakia

Predicted Lineups:

England possible starting lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Mainoo, Rice; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane

Slovakia possible starting lineup: Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka, Duda; Schranz, Bozenik, Haraslin

Match Preview

Tournament Overview

The current tournament has been full of action and drama, yet Group C has not lived up to expectations. With only seven goals scored across the group, it saw two teams advance to the knockout stages without winning a match, alongside pre-tournament favorites, England, who have struggled despite their star-studded lineup.

England’s Performance

England’s campaign has been underwhelming given their talent, which includes the LaLiga Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Year, and Bundesliga’s top scorer. The Three Lions started with a narrow 1-0 victory over Serbia, a result that, while securing three points, did little to inspire confidence. Subsequent draws against Denmark and Slovenia have further dampened expectations, with England's play characterized by a lack of creativity and cohesion.

Under Gareth Southgate, England has reached at least the quarter-finals in major tournaments, but this time around, their performances have been lackluster. The squad selection has been a point of contention, especially the decision to exclude a healthy, recognized left back. This has led to Kieran Trippier filling in at left back, with Phil Foden playing out of position on the same wing, resulting in a lack of width and balance in their 4-2-3-1 setup. Opponents have found it easy to defend against England by congesting the central areas, limiting the effectiveness of their attacking midfielders.

Slovakia’s Performance

Slovakia finished third in Group E, behind Romania and Belgium, and demonstrated their ability to compete with top teams by defeating Belgium 1-0 in their opening match. As one of the weaker sides on paper, Slovakia will aim to frustrate England from the outset and look to capitalize on any opportunities to secure a historic quarter-final appearance.

Tactical Analysis

England’s imbalanced formation and lack of width have made them predictable and easy to defend against. The reliance on central attacks has overcrowded the midfield, reducing the effectiveness of their playmakers. Slovakia, on the other hand, will likely adopt a defensive approach, aiming to absorb pressure and exploit England’s vulnerabilities on the counterattack.


Despite their struggles, England remains a formidable team with the potential to turn their fortunes around. However, they must address their tactical issues and find a way to utilize their wide players effectively. Slovakia, while underdogs, have shown they can compete with top teams and will aim to make history by reaching the quarter-finals. The match promises to be a tactical battle, with both teams having clear strategies to secure victory.

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