Euro 2016 Wales v Russia Betting PredictionPublished June 20, 2016
Wales go into this game in much better hope of qualifying than their Russian rivals. Although a very late rally by England, including a goal by Daniel Sturridge to win it in time added on, deprived the Welsh of a point from the British derby, their opening win against Slovakia means that three points against the Russians would guarantee passage through to the next round and a point may be enough.
Russia have yet to win a game despite their own last minute equalizer to win a point against England in this Euro 2016 Championship. However, a loss 2-1 to Slovakia has seen them drop to the bottom of Group B. The Slovakian defence and attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik was the difference on the night. The Napoli player scored a screamer from the receipt of a short corner and set up Vladimir Weiss for their first.
Russia are a team in trouble and have had just one win in seven before their meeting with Wales, and they are about to face a team similar in many ways to Slovakia.
Like the Slovaks, Wales rely on one very high-profile who can change and win a game, and a tight and well marshalled defence.
Gareth Bale was relatively subdued against England who set out to try and deprive the Real Madrid star of any service. However, Bale’s free-kick, although perhaps should have been saved by Joe Hart, demonstrates that if given one small opening he can stamp himself on a game.
Wales much touted spirit will need to come to the fore if they are to make history and qualify for the next stage. Russian manager Leonid Slutsky knows that this is the last throw for him and much of his team if they go out.
Russia’s injury list continues to build, with Zenit’s Oleg Shatov struggling with a groin injury. The winger is unlikely to be available for the game, with lively Krasnodar attacking midfielder Pavel Mamayev expected to start.
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