Group B is one of the balanced, closely fought groups of this year’s European Championship, just as we anticipated at the start of the tournament. Although many critics saw England as sure-fire favorites for winning this group, their 1-1 draw with Russia on day 1 coupled with Wales winning against Slovakia opened the group to all kinds of special results.
At the moment of this article, we’re still waiting to see the game between England and Wales – will it end in a draw, practically qualifying the Welsh, or will England win?
Regardless, the day 3 game between England and Slovakia will be played as a final by both teams. Even if England manage to win on day 2, they still need a positive result against the Slovaks to be sure of qualifying and not rely on other teams.
Bookmaker Odds At European Betting Sites:
Slovakia 5.50 or 9/2 Draw 3.40 or 12/5 England 1.75 or 3/4
If they fail to beat the Welsh, victory becomes an absolute must and day 3 becomes much more interesting, with all teams standing a chance to qualify. England have played very well in the first half against Russia, creating lots of chances and showing good, attacking football.
On the other hand, Slovakia produced 2 surprises: losing 1-2 against Wales on day 1 and winning 2-1 against Russia on day 2. Before their game with England, they sit with 3 points and know they need at least another one to be considered for qualification.
Marek Hamsik is their best player this year and seems in top form – just watch his great goal against Russia, a great finish from a very tight angle.
The game between England and Slovakia has the potential of becoming an all-in for both teams. They will most probably both score, and the game might be one of the few over 2,5 games in this year’s tournament.
England are favorites to win, so betting on them can also be a good idea. If you want a high odd bet, try England wins and over 2,5 goals, which will surely at least triple your initial amount. Good luck!
Total Goals: Over 2.5 – 2.15 or 23/20
England And Over 2.5 – 3.10 or 21/10
Russia vs Wales: Betting Preview, Odds And Tips
With the first day of the Euro 2016 tournament officially behind us, we take a large breath and analyze what has happened so far in the games. Some teams have impressed, others have disappointed, and the overall feeling is that the football which was played was very tactical and based on strength rather than technique.
In group B, Wales managed to score the first major surprise of this year’s tournament, beating Slovakia 2-1 in the debut of the group. They know sit comfortably with 3 points after the first game and know that a draw against Russia is probably enough to achieve a historic feat: qualifying for the Knockout rounds.
Betting Odds: Russia 2.62 or 13/8 Draw 3.20 or 11/5 Wales 3.00 or 2/1
They are dependent, as always, on Gareth Bale making a good game and finding another great strike, but the Welsh team also showed that they have a good group and some gifted players.
On the other hand, Russia equalized dramatically in the game against England in the 92nd minute, canceling Dier’s opener. The first half of that game went horribly for the Russians, who saw the English attacking wave after wave and only luck of the inspiration of the goalkeeper saved them from conceding more.
In their second game of the group, they lost 1-2 against Slovakia, meaning that their back is against the wall and are obliged to win if they hope to qualify from the group, either from the second or 3rd place. They are forced to attack from start to finish, which could lead to quite some spaces in their defense.
The game should be interesting and provide some action because the Welsh know that they can’t rely on England beating Slovakia in the last game of the group and have to have a positive result themselves. This being said, a good betting idea would be to bet that both teams will score, or even bet on a draw (with goals).
Gareth Bale is the most likely goalscorer once again, while Artem Dzyuba will also look for his first of the tournament on the Russian side. The game will settle the teams who qualify from group B and will be closely watched by millions of fans across the globe.
Both Teams To Score: 2.10 or 11/10
Goalscorer – Gareth Bale: 2.40 or 7/5