This game will mark the beginning of the second round of group matches, so there is a possibility that, depending on earlier Group B results, the victor here could already be assured of their place in the last 16, an important Euro 2016 betting tip to consider.
The pre-tournament Russia v Slovakia betting odds have the Russians priced as odds-on favourites for this match which looks a little on the short side. Leonid Slutsky is reliant on an ageing defence and seems to favour an old fashioned big centre forward to the more mobile attack deployed under his predecessor, Fabio Capello. It could certainly be a bruising encounter between Martin Skrtel and Artyom Dzyuba.
In eight previous meetings Russia hold a narrow advantage with three victories to their name, with three being drawn and Slovakia having won a couple.
In this, the second of three group games, teams should be prepared to take a few more risks as they seek to either build upon what they already have or look to retrieve the situation after initial disappointment. There wouldn’t be a great deal to be had in playing for a draw unless you already had three points in the bag at this stage, so it could open this game up.
This could potentially be a decent game and there could even be a few goals, so perhaps keep an eye on the over goal markets or both teams to score when it comes to investing any Russia v Slovakia free bets on this one.