The Matchday 1 of the ongoing Euro Cup 2016 has completed, that means all the teams have played their first round matches in this prestigious football tournament. From today, Matchday 2 will start and to play the first match of this 2nd round matches, two Group B participants Russia and Slovakia will face off in an enthralling encounter at the Grand Stade Lille Mtropole of Lille starting from 3.00 PM Local Time & 6.30 PM IST. So before this all-important match kicks-off let take a look at both the teams, where both the team stands, what will be their probable starting line-up, inside team news and the match preview.
In the first match against England, Russia earned a last-gasp point kudos to the 92nd-minute header by the skipper Vasili Berezutski. But the team is in the news much for their off-field activities, then the on-field. A massive brawl erupted between the English and the Russian supporters before the match and as a result, UEFA has already threatened the Russian team to ban from this ongoing intra-continental football championship if any more hooliganism evokes from their side of supporters, famously known as the ‘Ultras’.
On the other hand, Slovakia will be desperate in search of a victory and keep their dream afloat in this tournament. The result of the Wales match still haunts them and they will try to grab the full 3-points from this match before playing the last group match against England. Before this match, both the teams faced each other for 9 times, where the Russians won thrice and the Slovaks two times. The last time Russia and Slovakia played each other in a competitive match was back in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying match where both the teams prevailed 1-0 away.
Euro Cup 2016 Match 13: Russia vs Slovakia Match Details
Date: Wednesday 15 June
Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Mtropole
Kick Off: 18.30 P.M. (IST)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Euro Cup 2016 Russia Team Analysis
With the new format of the tournament, the third placed team of the group also has the chance to go through the next phase and that means 4 points will suffice to ensure the knock-outs. So Russia will try to seal their berth in the Round of 16 by winning this match. A loss will be disastrous for them and a draw will be dangerous as in both the cases the last match against Wales will turn into a knock-out game for them.
Against the mighty English side, the Russian coach Leonid Slutski deployed a defensive approach and he had been successful, at least the score-line suggests that. But in this match, he will surely go for new tactics and will field his team a bit attacking minded. That means, players like Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksandr Kokorin and Fyodor Smolov will get more time with the ball and can show their creativity and imagination more often than the previous game. Russia will surely feel Alan Dzagoev’s absence and midfielder Glushakov may start if he gets fully fit from his calf strain, in place of Aleksandr Golovin who failed to provide the link between defence and attack on Saturday.
Russia Probable Starting Line-Up: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Ignashevich, V Berezutski, Schennikov; Neustdter, Glushakov; Shatov, Shirokov, Kokorin; Dzyuba.
Doubtful: Lodygin (back)
Euro Cup 2016 Slovakia Team Analysis
Slovakia is in dire need to win this match if they want to stay in this competition. A loss or a draw neither will help the team. So the team is expected to play attacking football right from the word go. Slovak coach Jn Kozk has also given a hint that he will make the change in the starting XI and Ondrej Duda who played well and scored the goal against Wales will start the match. Apart from him, Robert Mak may feature in the starting line-up too. But the most crucial player for the Slovaks will surely be Marek Hamšk, and the whole team will look upon to him for scoring goals and creating chances. Kucka, the AC Milan star and the box-to-box midfielder of the team is another players on whom the team will rely on. Kucka can break into opponent’s box and create opportunities for the strikers.
Slovakia Probable Starting Line-Up: Kozčik; Pekark, Škrtel, Durica, Hubočan; Hrošovsky; Mak, Kucka, Hamšk, Weiss; Duda.
Russia vs Slovakia: Our Prediction
As both the team will try to win this contest, so we can hope an entertaining and nail-biting match. To predict the winner of this match is really difficult, but we think Slovakia will be more desperate to win this match and we will vote for them also. So our prediction is Slovakia: 2 vs Russia: 1.
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