England vs. Russia Odds & Tips

In Euro 2016, by on Jun 08, 2016
England vs. Russia EURO 2016 Group Stage – Group B Game 1 Saturday, June 11 Our Play: England 10/11 For latest odds you can check a few recommended sportsbooks and betting exchanges england russia preview Both England and Russia offer little upside from a long-term perspective. In this contest, even with the fact England is offered at near evens, we can go ahead and take the Three Lions back at a standard vig. While England may the favorite to win this group and we also have our reasons to be suspicious of this proclamation, Russia is a team whose performance portfolio is even more dissuading. As mentioned previously, the Russians have lost three of their last four fixtures, all of which were friendlies against teams qualified for the EURO. In their defeats, Russia was outright embarrassed as they were simply target practice for Croatia, France and the Czech Republic, scoring four goals while conceding nine. Against a team of England’s caliber, Russia will need a stronger defense as the English despite a nefarious reputation in large-scale tournaments, feature offensive weapons that can find the back of the net with ease. The most recent tools added to the English chest, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane. Vardy led Leicester City in the English Premier League on to an unprecedented title run and he was the catalyst of the Foxes’ attack. Kane emerged in similar style as a revelation that powered Tottenham to rival Leicester for the top position for most of the 2015/16 season. These two juggernauts will anchor the English attack and while there may be a chance for the English to be stymied by a comparable side such as Spain, Germany, Belgium or even Wales, Russia’s Swiss Cheese defense may be easy pickings for the English to feast on. The Russians are 4:1 entering this fixture and as a draw is positioned at 23/10. Nevertheless despite our position on laying chalk, there is likely an absence of value other than playing on England. If the English required substantial juice we would have suggested a no play, but this is a price we can afford given the opponent we are laying. Conceding nine goals against premier competition is a prime indicator that this Russian side is nothing more than a middling squad at best looking to prey upon weaker opponents and that’s what they have basically done up to this point. With England coming in with more optimism than recent years, the Three Lions will certainly look to make a splash in their opening fixture and this is the opportunity to snag a quick three points and build momentum. It is rare for us to side with the public and take a favorite to boot, but every now and then the situation dictates such a move. The analytics have shown us that the public has as much faith in Russia winning as they do drawing with a reasonable amount calling for the English outright, this says something to us considering the proposition of Russia winning pays out twice as much as a draw, yet the public won’t differentiate the two outcomes. With this being said, we will go chalk and take England in a big win over Russia attacking their weak back line. For latest odds you can check a few recommended sportsbooks and betting exchanges