STAR PREVIEW England v Russia Euro 2016 Saturday

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rance got there in the end last night with a deserved win but it was hard work and I can already see very few easy games in this year’s tournament with all the traditional ‘big’ European teams a little off their best.I’m probably the biggest England cynic going when it comes to football but even I have been impressed by the dramatic turnaround in form since the Brazil World Cup and for the moment, just like The Monkees, I’m a believer.England’s path to the quarter finals looks fairly straightforward and a repetition of their form leading into this should easily be good enough to reach the last eight. England were the only team to win ALL of their Euro 2016 Qualifying matches – scoring plenty of goals along the way.In contrast, their first opponents in Group B, Russia, have only won one of their last five games.Roy Hodgson seems to have got the delicate balance right between youth and experience right with the new emphasis very much on youth. They have the joint-youngest squad in the tournament.Hodgson’s starting XI will be very revealing – and the gossip is that Jamie Vardy could be dropped – despite his superb domestic season with Champions Leicester.Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand have all received treatment for minor injuries this week but are expected to be available.England v RussiaUEFA EURO 2016 Group B20:00 ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2007 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Russia 2-1 EnglandSep 2007 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 3-0 RussiaEngland to be winning at half-time and full-time makes plenty of appeal with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ENGLAND/ENGLAND 12 points win at 2/1 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -12.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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