Russia Vs Wales Euro 2016 Prediction
Euro 2016 Group B Analysis & Betting Lines
By Paul Seaton
Russia (+160) and Wales (+190) know each other well and on Monday will play their biggest game in history to decide which team make the Euro 2016 knockout stage.
A defeat would surely spell disaster for either side, whereas victory would guarantee they go through to the Round of 16. While Russia face down media reports on the latest fan fracas in France, Wales are as ‘Together, Stronger’ as their official slogan projects.
Gareth Bale was a 14-year-old boy in the crowd when Russia triumphed in a 2004 play-off over Wales. How things have changed. The boy from the valleys, who moved to Real Madrid and is now considered one of the best football players in the world, has a chance to inflict revenge.
The former Tottenham phenomenon has two goals already in the group stages, including a 35-yard free-kick in what was ultimately a heartbreaking last-gasp defeat for the Welsh on Thursday against England:
Wales must pick themselves up after their last-minute defeat to England, but they already have a win on the board, which is more than can be said for Russia.
Largely outplayed by England, they escaped embarrassment with a late equalizer in that game due to profligate finishing from England. But against Slovakia the Russians were second best yet again, and based on the evidence from Wednesday’s game, they could be one of the worst host nation sides to welcome others to a World Cup in 2018 if they can’t turn this squad over:
Russia will be in need of a win, while Wales probably require only a tie to make the next round, which is available at +215 and looks like good value to us.
Gareth Bale is currently level top of Euro 2016 goalscorers with two to his name, and is +140 to score at anytime. But we much prefer the +185 for Bales to score Wales’ first goal. The Welsh will undoubtedly be nervous, but Bale can always dig them out of trouble.
If Artym Dyzuba scores the first goal and the game finishes in a 1-1 tie, you’ll be delighted to have backed it at +3500.
There haven’t been many sendings off in the Eurpopean Championships so far, but we think the odds of +265 for a dismissal in this game are fairly appealing. Everything is on the line, and at least one team are going to start showing frustration at some stage.
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