Russia left it late to qualify for Euro 2016, winning their final four games to finish second in Group G some eight points behind first placed Austria. Midway through qualification, Russia relieved former
The USSR won in 1960 and were runners-up in 1964, 1972, and 1988 – but Russia they has only made it through the group stages once. This was in 2008 when Gus Hiddink’s attractive side reached the semi-finals.
That was eight years ago and the current Russian team does not play the same free flowing soccer as that semi-final team, yet they are still fancied to get out of Group B and progress for only the second time as Russia.
Russia Next Game
Russia’s next game in the 2016 European Championships, along with all the betting information you will need can be found in the multi-info widget below.
The Russians start Euro 2016 on June 11 in Marseille against much fancied England, far from the ideal opening fixture. They then face Slovakia in Lille Metropole on June 15 before Wales await in Toulouse on June 20.
Keep up to date with the full Russia game schedule via the informative table below.
What Are The Current Russia Standings
The most likely outcome for Russia is a second place finish in Group B behind England. Is that what looks like happening? Let us check the current Russian standings.
Russia Online Betting Tips
During qualification, Russia only conceded five goals in their 10 games and never more than one in a single game. At the other end of the field, the Russians were clinical in front of goal, with 27-year-old Artem Dzyuba bagging eight goals in eight games, including four in the 7-0 demolition of Liechtenstein.
Odds of +5000 to win Euro 2016 show how little the online sports betting sites rate Russia’s chances of glory, but +333 to win their group, and -275 to qualify show that they can compete when there are weaker teams still in the hunt for glory.
An influx of foreign stars to the Russian Premier League has resulted in a shallower than usual player pool for coach Leonid Slutski to choose from, something that will be more worrisome at the 2018 World Cup that Russia host.
Defensively, Russia are strong, a fact aided by their goalkeeper and three of their first choice defenders playing for the same club side, CSKA Moscow. The Russian midfield simply does not score enough goals to support their forwards, but those forwards looked strong in qualification and will cause teams problems.