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Group B figures to be hotly contested at the European Championships with England favoured at -140 to come out on top. However, Russia (+325) and Wales (+600) are intriguing options for futures wagers. Group B is one of two groups where every team is inside of 10/1 to win it, so it should be competitive. Here are some key matchups to look forward to.


Wales (+170) vs Slovakia (+200) – Saturday, June 11, 12 PM ET

Wales is in the Euros for the first time ever, and this is their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup. They have to be stout at the back because they don't have a lot going forward. That being said, they might have the best player in the group in Gareth Bale, who has played well in big games for Real Madrid. He'll need help from midfielder Aaron Ramsey to facilitate goals. Slovakia will likely be pretty physical with Wales since it's their first time in the Euros too. The draw for the match is +195.


England (-140) vs Wales (+400) – Thursday, June 16, 9 AM ET

England is favoured to win the group, but that may be a bit deceiving. Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill are solid at the back, but both are prone to making big mistakes. The midfield is fine, but lacks talent beyond Raheem Sterling. England will need to show well after going out in the group stages at the World Cup. But regardless of England's depth issues, they play really against Wales. With 66 wins, 21 draws and 14 losses since 1879, England has a long history of dominating Wales.


Russia (+115) vs Wales (+255) – Monday, June 20, 3 PM ET

After their showdown with England, Wales gets to face the Russians. Neither team will want to lose now that third-place teams have a chance to qualify for the knockout round. Russia has an aging defense and Alan Dzagoev was injured with CSKA Moscow, which robs Russia of one of their most creative players. But this is a good time for others to step up.

Wales' speed – specifically Bale – could be a problem for Russia, especially with their slower defense. These two squads have met nine times, with Russia winning five and drawing three, but Wales could turn the tables in this game.


*Odds as of June 3, 2016