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England’s Euro Quest Begins Vs. Russia

Dele Alli England Artyom Dzyuba Russia Euro 2016

England’s bid for a first ever European Championship title begins versus Russia in Marseille Saturday. England was in blistering form during qualifying winning all 10 matches and the positive results have kept rolling in during the pre-tourney friendlies.

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  • Russia defeated England 2-1 the last time these two met (2007).
  • Ryan Bertrand and Chris Smalling are doubts for England as they nurse injuries.
  • Wayne Rooney led England with seven goals during qualifying.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the English at -115 in moneyline markets while Russia comes in at +355 and the Draw is +235. In spread betting, England is -1 (+170) while Russia is tabbed as the one-goal dog at -205. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2 goals is -140 and UNDER 2 goals is +115.

England has been on fire and has been led by an influx of young talent like Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Expect both to start with the former leading the line alongside Wayne Rooney as reports are surfacing that Jamie Vardy will be dropped to the bench.

Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but manager Roy Hodgson would be wise to start Rooney in the slot behind a strike tandem of Kane and Vardy.

The Three Lions defeated Portugal 1-0 in their last match and have won four of their last five contests entering Euro 2016.

Russia qualified as the second-placed team in Group G finishing eight points behind a surprisingly good Austrian side. They recorded 21 goals compared to just the five that they conceded at the other end.

Striker Artyom Dzyuba was sensational during qualifying as he recorded eight goals in Russia’s 10 matches.

Their results have been a mixed bag of sorts entering the tournament as they have one win, two losses and one draw in four friendlies entering the tournament.