Live on ITV1: Fri 19.45: On paper, Russia look like the strongest team in Group A, especially as they finished third in this competition in 2008 and enjoyed a decent enough qualifying campaign, so they look likely to get off to a flying start as they tackle the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.
Dick Advocaat’s men are 5/4 favourites at BetVictor to get the better of the Czechs, Skybet’s 11/4 outsiders and that’s a decent price given the inconsistency of Michal Bilek’s charges, who aren’t exactly saddled with the burden of expectation from their supporters back home.
The Russians are solid at the back and indeed have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven competitive outings while the Czech Republic are perhaps lacking a real threat going forward. Paddy Power’s 9/4 chalked against a victory ‘to nil’ for Advocaat’s troops is arguably the best bet then although the brave could do worse than risk a modest flutter on a 2-0 Russia success; a result William Hill rate at a mouth watering 9/1.
Russia to beat Czech Republic ‘to nil’ – 9/4 (Paddy Power)