Euro 2016 England Vs Russia Preview
By Matt Pitt
You have to go all the way back to 1966 to find England’s last, and only, victory in a major football tournament, but after winning all 10 of their Euro 2016 qualifying games, and going unbeaten in their three warm-up games, England fans believe this could be their year to celebrate some soccer glory.
England start the tournament as fourth favorites with odds of +900, and are currently around -140 to win their group; the latter will shorten significantly if they claim all three points against Russia in their opening match.
Odds of around -110 are available for an England victory, with Russia priced at +380, with a tie looking around the +240 mark. On paper, England should win, as is reflected in the betting odds, especially as they have a fully fit squad to choose from.
In forward Harry Kane, who is +1200 to finish as the Euro 2016 top goalscorer, England have a legitimate star on their hands, one who is backed up by the in-form Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, and the up-and-coming Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford.
The squad that Roy Hodgson selected is one of the youngest-ever England squads, which has grabbed the attention of the England fans who have high hopes for this exciting looking outfit. Look for Dele Alli to shine in the midfield, but equally watch out for some defensive mistakes at the back, an area of concern for the Three Lions.
One fact that you may want to commit to memory is that before this game against Russia, England have not lost in 90/120 minutes in 22 European Championship games if you include qualifying. They’re difficult to beat, what remains to be seen is if they can find their scoring boots and put up a strong challenge for honors in France.
Russia go into Euro 2016 full of confidence after finishing second in qualifying Group G behind Austria, scoring 21 goals and conceding only five in their 10 matches. You’ll find odds of +5000 on Russia winning Euro 2016, although it is more likely they will simply qualify for the knockout stages; odds of -300 are available on that happening.
It has not been the best of preparations for Russia as they lost two key midfield players before the announced their 23-man squad. Igor Denisov and Alan Dzagoev have 103 caps between them and are usually the first choice midfield pairing, but both injured themselves in the run up to Euro 2016 and missed out on a call up.
One of their replacements is Artur Yusupov who was on holiday at the time of his call up to the Russian squad, and he has admitted that he’s a little out of shape having spent the best part of two weeks enjoying himself after a long season with Zenit St Petersburg.
In Alexander Golovin, Russia have a talented youngster, one dubbed “The Russian Ronaldo,” while the 6ft 5in tall forward Artem Dzuba, who scored 23 times for his club last season, is going to be a major aerial threat for that shaky England centreback pair of Chris Smalling and John Stones.
England should beat Russia, but it will not be an easy task. At +375 for an England win and both teams to score, that is the bet we would be going with and with Harry Kane at +400 to score the first goal and +120 to score at any time, you have yourself another nice looking bet.
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