Euros 2016

On the 11th of June this year, England will be playing against Russia in the UEFA European Football Championship, the quadrennial men’s championship organised by the Union of European Football Associations. The championship is scheduled to be held in France and will be bigger than ever, having been opened up to 24 contestants since the original 16 team format in 1996. It’s going to be a whole month (From the 10th of June to the 10th of July) of incredible football action, featuring the best national teams from around the globe.

The trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament is displayed at the headquarters of the Bordeaux Metropole conurbation authority on April 22, 2016 in Bordeaux, during a draw in which some 2,000 football tickets to attend the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football matches taking place in the city will be given to under privileged children between the ages of 8 and 16-years-old. / AFP / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament is displayed at the headquarters of the Bordeaux Metropole conurbation authority on April 22, 2016 in Bordeaux, during a draw in which some 2,000 football tickets to attend the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football matches taking place in the city will be given to under privileged children between the ages of 8 and 16-years-old. (Photo credit: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The first match England is playing will be in Group B and the opposition will be Russia, a formidable opponent. So who will win? Whether you’ve bought tickets to the match or are planning to watch the match on TV, it will be a gripping and intense match. This is a rundown of what the match could mean for the England team, the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and our expert opinion on what the odds will be, if you’re planning on putting money on your favorite or are just eager to know the outcome. It’s the match that everyone will be interested in, and here’s how we think it might go down.

England

The England national football team has had mixed results so far in matches this year, with two victories, two losses and two draws. Now the England manager Roy Hodgson is looking to put together a winning national team for England for the Europe 2016 Championship. The question now is who will be filling the vacancies. Some have suggested that Wayne Rooney, England’s long time star scorer, could be in forward. Other suggestions include Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. When it comes to midfielders, Roy will have to make some tough decisions with the players making a big difference to England’s chances.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Ross Barkley of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: Ross Barkley of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Hodgson has been said to be banking on the ‘chav generation’ of footballers. Compared to players with talent and a squeaky-­clean image such as Michael Owen and Paul Scholes, current England team players such as Jack Wilshere and Jamie Vardy represent the LAD Bible and other currents of English lad culture. Such players have attracted controversy with contested injury claims and frequent suspension for unsportsmanlike behavior. These players may be the new ‘bad boys’ of English football, but are they reliable enough to lead England to victory? It may well depend on the strength of the Russian opposition.

Russia

The odds of whether Russia will be able to defeat England in the June 11th match will be dependent in part on their previous results in other matches. Only last week, Russia lost an international friendly match against France by 4 points to 2. The match was the first to be played at the Stade de France in Paris since the November 2015 terror attacks, and the French team were clearly ready for an uplifting result. Russia was playing aggressively, with 16 fouls compared to 9 by France, but the home team outmaneuvered them with 13 shots and 4 on target, as well as more corners and possessions. This defeat took some of the wind out of Russia’s sails, leading to bookies revising down their odds in the UEFA European Championship.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 29:  Goalkeeper of Russia Igor Akinfeev in action during the international friendly match between France and Russia at Stade de France on March 29, 2016 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France.  (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 29: Goalkeeper of Russia Igor Akinfeev in action during the international friendly match between France and Russia at Stade de France on March 29, 2016 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

However, previously this year Russia scored a stunning victory against Lithuania, scoring 3 nil. The match was touch and go for most of the time with only 6 shots attempted and 3 shots on target. There were also lots of fouls on both sides. It wasn’t the most pleasing of matches, but it was enough for the Russian national team to claw back some of their credibility and to convince many that they have a fighting chance in the European championship. That they’re ready to fight for some of the glory.

Aside from recent matches, Russia has also faced other recent challenges. In March of 2015, the Russian Football Union admitted that Russia was suffering from a ‘virus’ of racism. A report concluded that there were over 200 cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football over the last two seasons. Racist chanting by Russian supporters has been recognized as a problem, while objects have been thrown at players. Also, the manager of the Russian team Fabio Capello was sacked last year after presiding over a disappointing run of losses. The new head coach is Leonid Slutsky. These recent problems could affect the Russia team’s results, especially if fans lose confidence in them.

A History of Contention

This isn’t the first time England and Russia will be squaring off at an international match. In 2007, at the UEFA European Championship, England and Russia played two matches against each other. The first was on the 12th of September and resulted in a 3 nil victory for England. The scorers in the game were Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand. Neither of these players will be booked to be in the upcoming match with Russia. The second game was a win for Russia, with 2 goals to 1. One of Russia’s goals was a penalty, while the other was made by Pavluchenko. The England goal was made by Wayne Rooney. With one game going to either team, it’s clear that there is all to play for for both teams in the upcoming match.

Odds

England is put at 6/5 to win by Paddy Power, while Russia is being backed at 3/1 by Betway. If you fancy a flutter there are many other betting opportunities here. There’s considerable disagreement between the bookies about who is going to take home this victory, but the favorite is England by some margin. Whether backing England or Russia, most betting sites agree that a draw is unlikely, at 52/21. In summary, if you’re going to make a bet on the upcoming England Russia competition, the best bet looks to be England. But it will probably be close, with both teams training for the competition and looking to be at their peak fitness and readiness. Predictions in football are rarely entirely correct, but that’s the fun of the game.

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