England vs Russia Euro 2016 Soccer Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on June 10, 2016 in

England has played far from convincing football in the preparations for the Euro 2016, culminating with a largely frustrating performance in their last outing against Portugal. There is, however, resounding hope that the players from home of the prestigious English Premier League will be able to turn in a strong performance when they meet Russia this Saturday for their Euro 2016 opener. Are the Three Lions up to the task or will the Russians deliver a shocker against Roy Hogson’s men in the soccer betting sportsbooks? Read on as we preview all that and much more in the preview below, which comes complete with free Euro 2016 soccer tips and online betting picks.

England vs Russia Euro 2016 Soccer Odds Analysis

When: Saturday, June 11, at 10:00 PM AST
Where: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Euro 2016 Soccer Lines: England to win -115, Russia to win +355, Draw at +235



Why Bet on England

Despite looking out of sorts against a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal team in their last game, England boasts of one the most complete squad in the tournament; something that should easily allow for a quick turnaround this Saturday. With household names like Rooney, Ali, Vardy and Kane leading the offense while the defense looks up to trustworthy stars like Smalling and Cahill; England doesn’t suffer any lack in the talent department. More notably, England was splendid during qualification, being the only nation to qualify for Euro 2016 with a flawless 100% winning record, including a thumping win over defending world champions Germany in March. If Hogson’s squad can tap into that form and take this opener seriously, a win should be highly likely for them on Saturday.

Why Bet on Russia

The situation for Russia is less than ideal ahead of the meeting with England, considering the Russians will be lacking a good number of the pieces that helped the team qualify for the Euro 2016 tournament. Defensive midfielders Alan Dzagoev and Igor Denisov will both be absent, while Ex-Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov will also not be available because of an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Russia’s captain Roman Shirokov is out form, the old defensive duo of Vasili Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich are highly likely to struggle with England’s pace up-front, and the team looked pretty awful in the friendlies, leaving a lot to be desired ahead of Saturday. That said, the Russians can take solace in the fact that England have never won the first game in the finals of a European Championship, with a pathetic record of 4 draws and 4 losses. The Englishmen are therefore likely to come into this game with a lot of pressure to get that monkey off their back, something the Russians can capitalize on by trying to sit back and slow the games pace in hope for a draw or a surprise win from a counter-attack or set-pieces that target Russia’s dangerous aerial threat in 6 feet 5 inches striker Artem Dzyuba.

Expert Euro 2016 Picks and Betting Predictions

As has been highlighted above, this match favors England in many ways, particularly form-wise and talent. Not to forget, if we exclude penalty shoot-outs, England are unbeaten in 22 European Championship games, with their last defeat coming against Croatia in November 2007. Russia, meanwhile, have only kept two clean sheets in their last 15 games at European Championship finals and their head coach Leonid Slutsky’s is inexperienced for this type of high-pressure game, as this will be his first major tournament as an international coach. Our prediction, therefore, is that England will outclass Russia on both sides of the field, leading to a comfortable win for the Three Lions in Marseille.

Final Score Prediction: England 3, Russia 0