Russia vs England 06/11/2016 EURO 2016 Group B Preview, Odds and Predictions
England vs Russia
Saturday 11th June 2016 15:00(ET)
The Line: England 10/11 Draw 23/10 Russia 7/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; RTE; ITV
Probably the game of the day on Saturday will see one of the tournament favourites England kick off their campaign with a tricky game against Russia in Group B, taking place at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
There is some expectation building in the English media, can this team be the first English team to deliver some silverware since 1966? Well Roy Hodgson has picked an attack minded squad. With six attackers in his squad of 23 there can be no complaints about picking a conservative squad, of course the question on everyones mind is will he pick a conservative team? The media and the public want to see Vardy , Kane and Rooney in the same line up, starting. The Manchester United and England captain Rooney has found himself playing deeper for his club, successfully and with the workrate of Kane and the pace of Vardy this could be the smart move for Roy. England have talent in buckloads but have always brough talent to the big tournaments unfortunately more often than not the players have fallen flat and the management have failed to get the best out of their squads. If Hodgson gets the best out of this group they could well end up as Champions , if not, well they could very well go out at the Group stage.
With everyone focusing on the English the Russian squad comes into this game under the radar. Slutsky has put together and interesting collection without what many would call a known superstar. Kokorin and Dyzuba though can finish and will cause problems for an English defence that has been anything but certain in recent friendlies. At the big tournaments the Russians have always tended to play above their collective talent levels winning the tournament in 1960 with the Soviet Union and finishing Runners up on three occasions. Russia have a squad that wont stand out to those who do not pay close attention to the Russian league. Akinfeev is a talented keeper though and the two strikers Kokorin and Dyzuba will provide plenty of attacking threat for Russia. This is a tough opening game for them though against a side needing to prove their tournament credentials.
I'm going to take both teams to score here. I am not yet convinced by England, I do like the squad they have brought but defensively I think they might struggle and Joe Hart is always prone to a mistake or two in big games. England should win this one but I wouldnt be putting the mortgage on it.