Russia should count themselves fortunate to have got anything from their Group B opener with England and will be looking for a much-improved performance on Wednesday when they face Slovakia.
Leonid Slutsky’s side, who have been installed as the 13/10 favourites to get the three points against the Slovaks, should have found themselves three or four goals behind against the Three Lions in Marseille but to their credit they produced a resilient performance, whilst riding their luck.
A Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header ensured Russia secured a point on Saturday but they will have to improve greatly if they are to progress to the business end of the tournament.
As for Slovakia, who are available at 47/20 with ComeOn to get the win, they will have been disappointed that despite getting themselves back on level terms after going behind to an early Gareth Bale free-kick, they were unable to get anything from their Euro 2016 opener against Wales.
Ondrej Duda got the equalising goal on Saturday before Hal Robson-Kanu’s winner in Bordeaux, although Marek Hamsik looked like a real danger throughout and the Napoli playmaker is bound to cause the Russians problems at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.
Looking at the history books, there have been draws in half of their six meetings and a stalemate is priced at 11/5 to occur on Wednesday.
Russia just edge the victory count with two to Slovakia’s one, although this looks like it really should be a close affair in Lille.
With Russia looking pretty toothless in their opening game against Roy Hodgson’s men, a low-scoring affair looks on the cards, with under 1.5 goals priced at 7/4.
These two teams may easily cancel each other out and a draw in Lille certainly appears worthy of very clear consideration.