England expects in these Euro Championships! Well actually, on this occasion, the supporters and even the red top media don’t appear to expect anything too unrealistic going into a major finals. Choosing the right Euro 2016 betting offers will be a challenge to us all.
Roy Hodgson’s men sauntered through qualifying with the only 100% record of all the finalists and really should have enough to at least reach the knock-out phase from a group in which they do look to be the best team.
Since Leonid Slutsky replaced Fabio Capello as coach, Russia seem to have opted to use the 6’5” Artyom Dzyuba as the proverbial ‘old-fashioned centre forward’. That might work against some of the lesser nations, but it looks something of a backwards step. They are also reliant on a couple of ageing defenders in Aleksei Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich who will be 34 and 37 years old respectively within a few weeks of this game. Will they be able to cope with the pace and creativity that England have in attack?
Of course, England has defensive issues of their own and memories of a disastrous World Cup 2014 group stage are still fresh in the memory. Even so, any England v Russia free bets might be worth placing on England to win the match if you can get odds against.
These teams met twice in Euro 2008 qualifiers, with England winning 3-0 at Wembley before Steve McClaren’s charges went on to lose 2-1 in Moscow.