Russia take on Wales in the final round of Group stage fixture as both team battle for second spot in-order to get automatic qualification to knock-out stage. Russia had a bad start in the tournament as they drew their first game against England and suffered 2–1 defeat against Slovakia on Wednesday. Their automatic qualification hangs by a thread as they have to overcome powerful Wales side in their next game.
Meanwhile Wales debut European Championship tournament has been decent, they won 2–1 against Slovakia in the first game but suffered a heart breaking 2–1 loss against England on Thursday at Stade de Bollaert. Gareth Bale was again stand-out performer putting the Wales side in front in 42nd minute but Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge goal broke the heart of Wales fans in injury time. Wales will be now hoping to get at-least draw to qualify for the next round.
Russia Vs Wales IST Time and Live Stream
Match: Russia Vs Wales (European Championship, Group stage)
Date: Friday, June 21, 2016; 12:30 am (IST)
Venue: France, Stadium Municipal
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Russia Vs Wales: Team News
Igor Denisov is the player missing for Russia after his back to back two yellow cards, while Denis Glushakov who scored against Slovakia coming off the bench is expected to be given a start in place of Aleksandr Golovin.
On the other side Joe Ledley who picked a minor injury in 2–1 defeat against England is in doubt while his others players are fit to play the game against Russians.
Russia: Predicted Line-up (4−2−3−1)
Akinfeev – Smolnikov, Berezutski , Ignashevich, Schennikov – Golovin, Neustadter – Kokorin, Shatov, Smolov – Dzyuba .
Wales: Predicted Line-up (3−4−3)
Hennessey – Chester, Williams, Davies – Gunter, Ledley, Allen, Taylor – Ramsey, Robson-Kanu, Bale.
Russia Vs Wales: Head to Head stats
In the last 4 meeting between these two sides, Russia are unbeaten with three wins and a draw. Their last meeting was in 2010 World cup qualifiers where Russia won 2–1 at home and 3–1 in return leg. This will be the first time these two team will face in European Championship.
Russia Vs Wales prediction
This is a must win game for both side in order to qualify for the next stage, Gareth Bale and Ramsey are in good form for Wales and we expect them to deliver same performance they showed against England. We expect Wales to win this match in a tight affair.
Final prediction: Russia 1–2 Wales; with Gareth Bale on the score sheet.