Traditionally the first match of the 1st day of play is opened by the host of the EURO, in this case it was France. The second round is started by a match of the group B. Russia will meet Slovakia. It’s hard to choose a favourite in this match. Kick-off on the 15th of June at 3 p.m..
Current performance of Russia
The „Sbornaja“ also stands under pressure before the match against Slovakia even has started. The team from Leonid Slutski has to play against the favourite of the group England on the first day of play. It depends on the result of this first match how big the pressure is for Russia at the second match. The results of the trainings matches could have been better. AT first they have lost a match against the Czech Republic with a score of 1:2 and a few days later the match against Serbia ended with a score of 1:1. Of course these test matches are not very meaningful but can give the team some self-esteem. However Russia wasn’t able to win any of the latest three international matches. In addition due to the match against Serbia they even have lost a player. Igor Denisow is not able to play at the EURO because of an injury. Therefore Artur Yusupow was nominated instead of him. Alan Dzagoev is the second great player that will not travel to France.
Current performance of Slovakia
Slovakia has none of the problems that Russia has to suffer from. Not even that Marek Hamsik from the SSC Neapel and Martin Skrtel from the FC Liverpool are in a great shape, the latest results at the friendly matches have been great. All in all the team from Jan Kozak is unbeaten since nine matches. At the international matches in 2016 they haven’t lost any match. One big surprise from Hamsik & Co was the won match against the world champion Germany with a score of 3:1 before they also scored the same score against Georgia. Even when the score from 0:0 against Northern Ireland hasn’t been that exciting the euphoria in the team is still big. In addition there is a possibility that they can win the first match at the EURO 2016 against Wales and this would make the match against Russia more easy and relaxed. An interesting detail is that Slovakia count on experienced players only two players of the squad are 22 or younger. The Russian team has also only one player who has this age. One advantage for Slovakia is that some players also play at the top leagues in Europe.
Betting tip for this match
Russia has definitely more tournament experience but Slovakia is carried by a big wave of euphoria in their home country and therefore has convinced with good results lately. The Slutski eleven has also to struggle with some injured players. The good condition of the Kozak eleven could be a real advantage. Especially Marek Hamsik is an awesome player. We believe in a close victory for Slovakia. Our tip: tip 2.