How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Russia 13/8, Draw 21/10, Wales 2/1- Boylesport
- Half Time/Full Time: Russia/Russia 11/4, Draw/Draw 4/1, Wales/Wales 7/2 - SkyBet
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 6/1, Russia 1-0 7/1, Wales 1-0 8/1 BetVictor
- Goals from Gareth Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu against Slovakia in their group opener proved that the Welsh are capable of winning games at a high level, but team confidence may have taken a whipping following the last-gasp defeat to rivals England.
- Russia’s dramatic late equaliser against England secured their only point of the tournament so far, having been followed by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of European Championship newcomers Slovakia.
Wales will want to show that they are a force to be reckoned with on the international stage and that their win over Slovakia wasn’t just blind luck. The Dragons will be hoping that they can continue their run of scoring in every group game so far, a sequence aided by Gareth Bale’s spectacular free kicks. The world’s most expensive player is 4/1 with William Hill to break the deadlock. Russia’s aging defence may make them susceptible to a number of pacey counter attacks, an outcome that could lead to Wales winning by two goals - 9/1 with SkyBet.
Despite not yet registering a win this summer, do not underestimate Russia, a mistake England made when they were punished in the dying seconds by a goal from Vasili Berezutski. The defender is 25/1 to grab his second goal of the tournament, while striker Artem Dzyuba is a much more favourable 13/8, both with William Hill. With Bale arguably providing the greatest threat to the Russian backline, a bet of the Welsh wonder to score first and Russia to win is priced at a delightful 40/1 with William Hill.
- Sports.net’s top tip: - Wales to win 2-1 11/1 - Bet365
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick-off.