England is superior to Slovakia but Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson is not getting the best out of his players and the reality is that a draw in Saint-Etienne may end up serving both of the combatants well in UEFA Euro 2016 Group B.
One is convinced that England has a competitive 11 capable of challenging for the UEFA Euro 2016 title but one thinks that Hodgson is unlikely to pick that particular line-up. Hodgson is married to England captain Wayne Rooney and one cannot understand why the Three Lions coach started Raheem Sterling against both Russia and Wales. Hodgson is holding back England from being a serious UEFA Euro 2016 contender.
Slovakia was unlucky to lose 1-2 to Wales in the first set of UEFA Euro 2016 Group B games before getting its campaign back on track with a 2-1 win over Russia. Slovakia defeated Germany 3-1 in a pre-UEFA Euro 2016 away friendly and it beat Spain, which has been the most impressive team in the tournament so far, 2-1 during the lengthy preliminaries.
Dutching England to defeat Slovakia by one goal and the draw is one’s idea of the best way to approach Monday’s UEFA Euro 2016 Group B match from a punting perspective. England has not won a game at a major tournament by more than one goal since it beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the Three Lions took until the 83rd minute of that match to break the deadlock. Slovakia has lost only one of its last 35 games by more than one goal and there was no shame in it losing 0-2 to Spain in Oviedo nine months ago.
England to get the better of Slovakia by one goal is trading at odds of +250 with Bet365 and the UEFA Euro 2016 Group B draw is available at the same price with the world’s biggest bookmaker. Dutching two betting options produces a wager at odds of -133 , which is approximately the same price that bookmakers are quoting about an England win by any score.
Backing both sides to score in the UEFA Euro 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales is the most appealing bet available in the Toulouse tussle. The likelihood is that Russia will require a win over Wales to progress from UEFA Euro 2016 Group B so the game has the potential to be open.
Both teams have scored in each of Russia’s last five matches and the Russians have rustled the onion bag in each of their last 12 games. Both sides have scored in four of the last six matches that Wales has played and the Welsh have not kept a clean sheet since shutting out one of Europe’s worst teams, Andorra, in Cardiff half a dozen games ago.
One cannot make a case for backing any of the three options in the headline market on the UEFA Euro 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales – the Russians have failed to win any of their last five games and the Welsh would be without a victory in their last six fixtures had they not posted an undeserved success over Slovakia – so supporting both sides to score at odds of +107 with 888Sport and Unibet stands out from the crowd in a difficult clash to call.
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