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Qatar v Russia Betting Tips
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Qatar v Russia Betting Tips

This international friendly sees the two controversial choices to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, come head to head in Doha. Qatar are obviously not one of football’s bright lights but they are still trying to make sure they have a team that at least will not cause the host nation embarrassment in 2022. With this in mind the Qatari authorities are attempting to nationalise a lot of foreigners, particularly Brazilians, so that their team is at least capable of something. This process would have ideally started about 20 years ago but instead it has been started under…

International Friendly: Russia v Costa Rica Betting Tips
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International Friendly: Russia v Costa Rica Betting Tips

After a match against Ghana, this latest Russian national team friendly against Costa Rica shows how the 2018 World Cup hosts are trying to test themselves against a wide variety of opponents in preparation for their home tournament in just under two years time. New Sbornaya coach Stanislav Cherchesov has again opted for a different squad to the one that faced Ghana last month in order to try and give a good number of players a chance to impress and stake a permanent claim in the squad for the World Cup. After a shocking European Championship campaign, Russia have actually…

Russia v Ghana Betting Tip
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Russia v Ghana Betting Tip

Possibly the weirdest international friendly you will see on the calendar this year. How either team will benefit from this is beyond me. Either way it’s happening and luckily for us there are some good prices on the market. Russia managed a 0-0 draw away in Turkey for Stanislav Cherchesov’s first match in charge of the national team. Whilst it may not sound like the best result, the side looked more confident than they have in a long time. The new manager went with three at the back during the match in Antalya, the formation that Rostov have used with…

Turkey v Russia Betting Tip
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Turkey v Russia Betting Tip

This match is a friendly match in the truest sense of the word. The two nations have decided to come together in this fixture in order to continue the reconciliation after huge differences off the pitch. Sporting diplomacy at its finest. Turkey suffered a pretty horrendous Euros and were awful in their first two matches against Croatia and Spain before dispatching of the Czech Republic. There has been no managerial change since the competition but instead the players have been the victim of the axe. Despite his excellent performances for Barcelona this season, Arda Turan has been dropped from the…

Russia v Wales: Tancredi Palmeri’s betting tip
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Russia v Wales: Tancredi Palmeri’s betting tip

After taking a point off of England, Russia were in a position to perhaps build momentum, but after a poor second match display they have lost all confidence, gifting two goals to Slovakia. They haven’t necessarily played badly but lapses in concentration at key times have probably cost them dear. Overall though they don’t deserve to be so low in the table for the surprising quality of football they showed, but the problem is that their group is dominated by teams who’re building momentum and Russia have done exactly the opposite. Wales are alive and kicking and even after the…

Russia v Wales: Gabriele Marcotti betting tip
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Russia v Wales: Gabriele Marcotti betting tip

The markets are very finely balanced on this one. Russia began both games thus far poorly and I expect coach Leonid Slutsky to ring changes. It’s tough to tell which Russia will show up, the one that showed in the second half against Slovakia that can create chances or the ponderous, sluggish one of the first half. The Russians need a win though, which means they really ought to attack and go for this one. This can therefore create opportunities for both sides. Over 2.5 goals is a whopping 2.50 and that looks tasty to me. All of Gabriele Marcotti’s…

Russia v Wales. Thomas Giles’ betting tip
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Russia v Wales. Thomas Giles’ betting tip

Russia’s 2-1 loss against Slovakia has put them in a perilous situation as, sitting bottom of Group B, only a win against Wales will give them any hope of qualification and even then they are relying on other results. Leonid Slutsky’s side have looked poor throughout this European Championship campaign and they seem to look poor both going forward and in defence. Wales on the other hand have impressed in their first major tournament since 1958 with a win against Slovakia and an unlucky loss to neighbours England. Chris Coleman’s team have a togetherness that almost no side in the…

Russia v Wales: Dmitry Khlestkin’s betting tip
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Russia v Wales: Dmitry Khlestkin’s betting tip

The Russian team disappointed many with their recent performance against Slovakia. Leonid Slutsky’s team conceded two goals in the first half, which led to a half-time substitution of both central midfielders, Neudstadter and Golovin. At home, the coach was severely criticized for fielding these two, as they hadn’t played a single official game for Russia before the tournament. The picture below is great evidence of just how poor Russia’s defending was at times against Slovakia. You can see that two players are giving a high five to one-another and are thus out of position just seconds before Hamsik scored the…

Russia v Slovakia: Thomas Giles’s betting tip
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Russia v Slovakia: Thomas Giles’s betting tip

Many media outlets seemed to think Russia were abysmal in their 1-1 draw against England but I actually thought they looked quite comfortable. Whoever expected them to come flying out the blocks and press England high up the pitch is deluded as their game plan is to soak up pressure and hit on the counter. While they did not really create any chances in the game, the veteran central defensive pairing of Sergei Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski looked relatively comfortable throughout and it is important to note that England striker Harry Kane did not have a single touch inside the…

Russia v Slovakia: Editors’ betting tip
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Russia v Slovakia: Editors’ betting tip

Russia did manage to take a point against England, but this was largely down to the poor decision making of Roy Hodgson and his team. England should’ve scored more in the game, especially on the counter when leading 1:0, but failing to add fresh forward players into the mix, combined with their attempts to see the game out proved costly. In general Russia were outplayed, especially in the midfield, where Golovin and Neustaedter showcased a lack of team work. Leonid Slutsky is an experienced coach, but no one could understand the role of Kokorin and Smolov on the pitch. These…

England v Russia. Thomas Giles prediction
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England v Russia. Thomas Giles prediction

This game should be an interesting one as both sides will be looking to set their stall out for the rest of the tournament. I do not think this game will be the most exciting but it will be fascinating to see how each team sets up in order to exploit the weaknesses and counter the strengths of their opponents. The Russia camp has been goading England in the pre-match build-up, accusing the English of underestimating them. England start the game as favourites and will look to take the game to Russia. Their pace up front and general strength in…

England v Russia. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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England v Russia. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

Odds on England to win are so good that actually seem like a mistake. At 10/11 a simple ‘to win bet’ against Russia looks like a gift. Maybe the bookmakers are scared of the history. And what does history say? That England have never won their first game at the Euros, which is quite a feat having played eight times at the competition and having faced many opponents inferior to them. This ninth tournament should be England’s time considering how talented their XI is and how poor Russia’s is in comparison. Additionally, Russia have a lot of injuries going into the tournament. Single:…

England v Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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England v Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

The injury of Alan Dzagoev and the unavailability of Igor Denisov are the main issues for Russia, but they still have a strong attack with Artyom Dzyuba. England have a lot of pace and enthusiasm, but they also have a lot of unanswered questions. Of course, England are the favourites as Russia are well behind in FIFA rankings. However, the prices are squeezing enough to go for Russia with handicap +1 at 17/20. Single: Won England v Russia 11.06.2016 20:00 BST UEFA EURO 2016 Bet: Match handicap - Russia +1 @ Will the bet win? Voted 0 user Yes, it…

UEFA EURO 2016: Group B betting preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Group B betting preview

England England always have a good squad, for as long as anyone can remember they’ve entered major tournaments with high hopes, but they usually end up being eliminated in either the groups or the early knock-out rounds. Once again they look to have a strong squad, but there’s no guarantee that things are going to be different now. Many of their key players are not experienced internationally. Rose, Clyne, Walker, Vardy, Alli, Dier and Kane, who are all expected to play a lot, don’t have many games in an England shirt under their belt and none of them have ever…

Serbia v Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Serbia v Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

Russia have a few issues ahead of their first game against England. Serbia are still on a holiday, but it’s a solid Serbian side and motivation is never an issue for them. The bookmakers expect a low-scoring game, but I’m not convinced about this at all. Russia will want to work on what they can do going forward ahead of their game with England, while Serbia can play without pressure and are likely to get chances of their own, maybe on the counter. You can get both teams to score and a draw at 4.20 with William Hill. Single: Won…

Russia v Czech Republic. Dmitry Khlestkin’s prediction
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Russia v Czech Republic. Dmitry Khlestkin’s prediction

This will be the first warm-up match for Russia before they start the Euro campaign against England on June 11. The Czech have already had a match against one of the worst teams in Europe – Malta – which they won easily (6-0). The last time these two met was in 2012, when Russia won 4-1, but they failed to progress from the group, unlike Czech Republic. Russia’s coach Leonid Slutsky has announced he will field his best eleven against Czech Republic. Only midfielder Roman Shirokov will miss the game due to a minor injury. At the same time, physical coach…

UEFA EURO 2016: Russia team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Russia team preview

Just eight years ago, Russia reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 after beating Holland 3-1 in extra time. That tournament introduced a group of players to wider Europe, including Pavlyuchenko, Arshavin and Zhirkov, who soon signed for the biggest clubs in London – Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. Russia – Holland 3-1 Before the Euros, Zenit St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup, drubbing Bayern 4-0 at home along the way. Zenit – Bayern 4-0 That Zenit side was made up almost solely of Russian players. In fact, the national team was so strong that midfielder Igor Denisov (scored winner in the…

France – Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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France – Russia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

Les Bleus are overwhelming favorites. It’s not difficult to see why. They are one of the most talented sides around, they’re at home, they’re coming off a win away to Holland in Amsterdam. Russia on the other hand haven’t played since November – the win a few days back against Lithuania featured a largely experimental side – and that was a defeat at home to Croatia. I think the play here is over 2.5 goals. 2.37 seems to be a big price and I guess it comes from the fact that Russia tend to defend well and not get up…

France – Russia. Valeri Karpin’s prediction
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France – Russia. Valeri Karpin’s prediction

France proved their top status by the win against Netherlands. Didier Deschamps’ team is a favourite in the upcoming match against Russia, too. They are playing at home and they have more stars in the squad. But I expect Russia to give a fight to France. Leonid Slutsky tried some new players against Lithuania and we can’t judge Russian team by that game. Their squad in France will be completely different with all best players on the field. Yes, the French are tough to oppose, but with all that they lost to England at home. Slutsky’s players are now fit…

Russia – Lithuania. Valeri Karpin’s prediction
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Russia – Lithuania. Valeri Karpin’s prediction

It’s hard to predict the results in friendly games, because we don’t know what aims the managers are seeking. We don’t know if they want just to win or to see some reserve players on the field or to try some new tactics… But if Leonid Slutsky fields his best players, I can’t see any chances for Lithuania. They were poor in qualification matches, especially away. Russia are playing at home, so they must beat Lithuania even with their second team. I expect only Russia to score in the upcoming game. Single: Won Russia - Lithuania 26.03.2016 16:00 BST Friendly match…

Russia – Lithuania. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Russia – Lithuania. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Russia needs a win against Lithuania to cheer up. There are no bad rumours about the Russian team so they should play in positive mood. I can’t say that Russia will surely win, because everything can happen in a friendly match. But we can expect them to win in front of their fans. We’ll see some new faces in Leonid Slutsky’s team (first eleven is waiting for a game against France). Lithuania had some astonishing defeats in qualification games. They lost to Switzerland and England with a big score handicap. So we can expect Russia to win with at least two goal…

Russia – Croatia. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Russia – Croatia. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Russia are to play their second friendly, now against Croatia in Rostov-on-Don. And there will be a different first 11 as Leonid Slutsky said after the game vs Portugal (1-0). It may bring a little of unbalance to their game. They left very good impression vs Portugal. All key figures chosen by Slutsky showed their efficiency. The team was very solid and they scored a beautiful goal. Now some other players will get a chance. As we know Croatia will not bring their key players. Some of them are missing. There will be no Luca Modric and this is a big…

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