Kazakhstan - Russia
Russia were one of the most pleasant surprises of the World Cup they hosted last summer. Sbornaya showed a decent form in the group stage and went on to shock Spain in the last 16 round. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men also offered a super strong resistance to latter runners-up Croatia losing the quarter-final only on penalties.
Sbornaya proved their strength in the inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League as well. They finished the group with Sweden and Turkey level on points with the Scandinavian side at the top of the standings, but came second after a 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture with Swedes away in Stockholm.
Cherchesov’s troops thus have to be considered as clear favourites to advance to EURO 2020 together with Belgium from this Group I. They travel to neighbouring Kazakhstan for the second round clash on Sunday afternoon at Astana Arena. Anything but a comprehensive victory for the visitors would represent an upset here.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 24.03. 15:00h