England vs Russia 06/11/2016 EURO 2016 Group B Preview, Odds and Predictions
England vs Russia
Saturday 11th June 2016 10:00(ET)
England -105; Draw +240; Russia +350 See the Latest Odds
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England and Russia kick off their Euro 2016 tournament on Saturday in a pivotal show down that could determine tops in the group and a more favourable show down in the knockout stage.
The Three Lions head into this tournament with an unfathomable amount of hype and pressure as is usually the case with an England men’s national side and while it is usually the case from prognosticators before the tournament starts, England has a very good shot at going the distance in this tournament. The English were dynamite in qualifying and were the first team outside of the hosts from France to book their ticket to this tournament and a lot of that has to do with the team’s depth and comfort playing together and while you can’t forecast anything until they start playing it is clear they are the favourites to emerge out of their group on top as they have to compete with the Russians, Welsh, and Slovaks. Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Jack Wilshere, and Delli Alli make up the main core of the team offensively and Joe Hart will be back to once again keep goal but it is the play of Eric Dier that English fans are most excited about as he will likely end up being the face of this English team by tournament’s end.
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Russia meanwhile has struggled heading into this tournament and while they have been powers on the world stage before I just don’t see this being their year as they are a far cry from where they have been in recent memory. They are without midfielder Igor Denisov who will likely be out for the tournament due to injury and while they do possess a handful pf players that are part of clubs in some of Europe’s best leagues, they aren’t household names by any stretch and I think they will struggle to win a game in the group stage as Wales, England, and Slovakia are playing at a higher level right now. Russia could surprise but I don’t count on it and in the first game against the English I think we will see a clear disconnect between top and bottom as the Three Lions earn three points in their first match.