Our match prediction:
A place in the Euro 2016 last 16 will be at stake when Russia and Wales take on each other at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Russia coach Leonid Slutsky can’t count on several first-team regulars for the showpiece tournament in France and it is no surprise the Russians are on the verge of suffering elimination in the group stages. Following a 1-1 draw with England in their opener, Russia suffered a 2-1 loss to Slovakia in their second group game, meaning that they face a must-win situation in Monday’s game against Wales. The Dragons defeated Slovakia in the opening match of their Euro 2016 campaign, but they were more than unfortunate not to grab something from Thursday’s football match against England. Wales need one point from the match in order to book their place in the knockout stages and we predict that Gareth Bale and Co. are going to meet the goal.
Highligted Player (Cherychev):
Probably the most famous Russian footballer never to have played for a domestic club, Denis Cheryshev was born in Nizhny Novgorod, but began his career at Sporting Gijon as his father played for the Spanish side at the time. The talented winger eventually caught the eye of Real Madrid and went on to spend eight years in the youth academy at Santiago Bernabeu before he was given a chance to impress on senior level. Due to a fierce competition for places in Madrid, Cheryshev was forced to gain much needed first team experience via loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, and he showed a great deal of potential during those stints, proving los Blancos were wrong to let him leave. Chersyhev has been in and out of the Russia national team since making his debut in 2012, but there is a good chance he will become an important member of Sbornaya Komanda as soon as he secures regular playing time at club level. The Russian footballer is capable of operating on either wing or through the middle, and he has proved to be quite prolific in terms of both goals and assists.
Highlighted Team (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date. Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015. Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.