With a new coach at the helm, Russia is looking for a fresh start after a disastrous run under unpopular manager Fabio Capello. The future looks a little brighter now with new head coach Leonid Slutsky in control. Russia has qualified for three World Cups, including the 2014 tournament when it failed to advance out of the group stage after accumulating just two points and finishing third behind Belgium and Algeria. Its best finish at a World Cup was in 1966 when Russia placed fourth while it was still under the Soviet Union nation team.
The squad also won the 1960 European Championship. The Russians have been regular qualifiers at the Euros as well, but lacklustre performances resulted in the team only advancing out of the group stage once in 11 previous appearances — in 2008 when it reached the tournament semifinal. It will be the national team’s final chance to showcase their skills leading up to the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in Russia.
The Russians shot up the FIFA world rankings in 1996 when they sat third overall. Sergei Ignashevich, the 36-year-old centre back, remains at the top of Russia’s all-time international cap list with 115. He’ll add to that at the European Championship after being named to Slutsky’s roster for the tournament.
Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s 30 goals are still the most scored by any Russian player.
Russia Soccer Team Betting Lines Today
Whether at home or on the road, Russia proved in Euro 2016 qualifying it can hold its own in big matches. More often than not an underdog against the world’s top teams, be sure to follow Russia’s next opponent before placing your bet.
Russia Soccer Team Scores & Schedule
For Russia’s full upcoming schedule and up-to-date odds — either at the European Championship or other international matches — view the table below.
The Russians will open Euro 2016 tournament with a tough matchup against England on June 11 before facing Slovakia in the second game on June 15. Russia closes out group play against Wales on June 20.
England has generally disappointed at any world competition for several years so placing your bet on Russia in the opener, for possibly a draw, wouldn’t be a bad move.
Russia Soccer Team Standings Right Now
After finishing second in Euro 2016 group action, Russia will want the same outcome in the tournament. Expect the Russians to compete for the second spot, and if England falters, quite possibly for the No. 1 seed in Group B.
The one thing to keep in mind, however, is that Russia has only advanced out of the group stage at any European Championship once in 11 appearances. Place your bets accordingly.
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How To Win At Russia Soccer Team Betting
Russia’s chances of making a deep run at Euro 2016 took a massive blow following the injury to Alan Dzagoev, who was ruled out of the tournament with a broken foot. The 25-year-old midfielder played 49 games for Russia and was seen a key piece to the country’s potential success at the championship.
Dzagoev joins a list of crucial injuries for Russia; including Real Madrid midfielder Denis Cheryshev (thigh) as well as wing back Yuri Zhirkov and fullback Oleg Kuzmin. That means more pressure will remain on Artyom Dzyuba to produce more goals after collecting eight tallies in qualifying.
Zenit winger Oleg Shatov will also be a key player for the Russians as the 25-year-old will be called upon to create offence with his speed. Russia’s captain Roman Shirokov is now 34-year-old and returns to the field after missing the 2014 World Cup.
Russia cruised through qualifying, posting a 6-2-2 record while netting 21 goals and only conceding five in 10 matches. The Russians did finish eight points behind Austria in the final qualifying standings.
Despite that, Bet365.com still has Russia at 66/1 odds to win the European Championship. It won’t be an easy road however, as the Russians are in a tough Group B with England, Slovakia and Wales. While it is expected England will top the group, both Russia and Slovakia are expected to battle it out for the No. 2 spot. Despite Russia’s recent success under Slutsky, it will be a difficult task for Russia to adance to the latter stages.
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