With Euro 2016 is about to get underway, Roy Hodgon’s men (England) will be battling against the Russians in their first match of the competition at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and according to 888sport euro odds, England have the upper hand going into the match.
The English team is considered as one of the toughest team in the competition due to the some young and dynamic faces in the squad. From the defence to the attack, every single player is hitting top form and are ready to get down on the pitch. England had a 100% win record in their qualification stage of the tournament and played most of their friendlies against the toughest opponents.
They did lose to Spain and Netherlands, but managed to beat the World champions Germany and the hosts France. They lost just once in their last 5 games and defeated Portugal, Australia, Turkey and Germany with ease. On the other hand, the Russians have managed to win just 1 of their last 5 friendlies and have lost against the likes of Czech Republic, France and Croatia. The squad is full of experienced players, but their maturity might lack against the dynamism of the young English team.
Ryan Bertrand, the 26-year-old English fullback is likely to miss the game as he received a knock due to which he will also miss the game against Portugal, which means Danny Rose is expected to take charge at the left flank.
It will be an interesting view to see how Roy Hodgson will manage his star studded midfield as every player is looking to push for a start.
For the Russians, they will be without their midfielder Igor Denisov due to injury and Artur Yusupov is expected to replace him. The absence of their star man Alan Dzagoev has hit the Russians badly as he will be missing the entire tournament.
Walker; Smalling; Cahill; Rose
Kane; Alli; Vardy
Smolnikov, Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov
Golovin, Kokorin, Smolov
England and Russia do not share a great head to head history as both the sides have met just twice during the Euro Cup 2008 qualifying stages where England won the first leg by 3 goals to nil in which Michael Owen scored a brace and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand sealed the victory for the Lions. In the return leg, Russia won the game after denying the opener by Wayne Rooney and finished the game by 2 goals to 1.
Russians have a major injury concern than England and with England giving away some brilliant performances recently, many footballing pundits expect England to win the fixture with ease.
“The message is that we’ve got to approach this tournament without fear, we’ve got to show confidence in ourselves.
“I would like the players to show as much confidence in themselves as we, the coaching staff, have in them because we know we do have a lot of very talented footballers.”
“England are a much stronger side than the other teams.
“They have young players, but of a high level. Their ten victories in qualifying are a testament to that strength.
“Of course in our group they can surpass anyone.”
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