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MOSCOW, June 2. /TASS/. With less than two weeks remaining before the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France, international bookmakers are unanimous that the Russian national team, led by coach Leonid Slutsky, will clear the group stage finishing second and earning the spot in the knock-out stage.
Russia was placed into Group B of the main European football championship along with teams from England, Wales and Slovakia. Britain’s bookmakers office William Hill price the odds for the teams in the group as follows: England (odds 1.83), Russia (3.5), Wales (6) and Slovakia (8.5).
Russian bookmakers office Marathon: England (1.7), Russia (4.3), Wales (5.5) and Slovakia (10). Britain’s bet365 lined the Group B participants in the same order - England (1.2), Russia (3.33), Wales (3.5) and Slovakia (9).
The majority of bookmakers’ odds are also in favor that the Russian football squad would enter the quarterfinal stage of the 2016 Euro Cup having earned four points after its three round robin matches.
Bookmakers’ figures, however, are not in favor of Russia regarding its chances to win the championship and the odds show that the national team is likely to finish below the top ten.
Hosts France are the favorites of bookmakers to win the home championship: William Hill (4), Marathon (4), bet365 (3). The top three of favorites also include Germany and Spain: William Hill (5 and 6.5 respectively), Marathon (5 and 6.5), bet365 (3.5 and 5.5).
Russian team’s players Artyom Dzyuba, Fyodor Smolov and Alexander Kokorin entered the list of William Hill in the category of the best scorer (67, 67 and 101 respectively) and Kokorin also entered the category of the best player (101). Bet365 lists Dzyuba (66) and Smolov (100) among the best scorers and Dzyuba (150) in the category of the best player.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.