The 1960 European Championship winners will be hoping to improve on their last two displays at the Euros after not progressing from the group stages in either the 2012 or 2016 tournaments. The Russians failed to even register a win in the finals five years ago as they finished rock bottom of Group B.
However, in their home World Cup Russia showed a lot more promise – progressing out of their group before beating Spain on penalties in the Round of 16. The hosts were knocked out of the tournament by the eventual runners-up, Croatia, after losing on penalties following a 2-2 draw.
Russia qualified for Euro 2020 after finishing second in Group I. The Russians only lost two of their 10 qualifying games and both of those defeats came against the number one ranked side in the world, Belgium, who they have now been placed alongside in Group B at the finals.
Stanislav Cherchesov will have a lot of confidence in his side going into the competition, and a shock win against Belgium would set them up to win the group. It’s not out of the question.
Russia Euro 2020 odds
You can find Russia at a huge 66/1 with 888sport to win the tournament. Despite being serious outsiders they should not be overlooked to provide some of the bigger teams problems if they are able to reach the knockouts.
Progressing from the group stages should be the real aim going into the tournament though, and you can back them at 4/1 to win Group B – although Belgium and Kevin De Bruyne will prove very stern opposition in that market.
Russia will not be viewed by many as a team that can make a serious play for the trophy. However, they came incredibly close to reaching the World Cup semi-finals back in 2018 and as seen in previous tournaments anything can happen in knockout football.
Russia’s potential path to Euro 2020 final
As runners-up of their qualifying group, Russia were placed into Pot 3 for the Euro 2020 draw. Joining them in Group B are Belgium, Finland and Denmark.
Russia kick off their Euro 2020 group stage against Belgium in St. Petersburg, before games against Finland and Denmark. Their group ties are scheduled to take place in Copenhagen and St. Petersburg.
Last 16: The third-placed side Group A/D/E/F (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, France, Germany) in Seville on June 27.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Last-16 match 2, which is played between the winner of Group A (Italy favourites) and the Group C runners-up (likely Ukraine, Austria.)
Semi-finals: The semi-final will likely be played against the winner of Group F (Portugal, France, Germany favourites).
If Russia qualify from Group B
If Russia don’t win Group B, and merely qualify, it could become a lot more complicated.
Last 16: The second-placed Group A side in Amsterdam, which could be any of Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland on June 28th.
Quarter Finals: The winner of Last-16 match 3, which is played between the winner of Group C (which includes Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia) and the third place in D, E or F, likely contenders for which are Czech Republic, Poland, France, Germany, Portugal.
Semi-finals: The winner of that Quarter Final will play the winner of Quarter Final Match 4 which could include the winner of Group D or Group E (expected to be England and Spain, respectively).
If Russia finish third in their group and do enough to be ranked among the top third-placed teams, they would play the winner of Group F and then join the path they’d take if they won Group F (talk about over-complicating things!)
Russia Golden Boot odds
Artem Dzyuba has netted 14 in his 25 Russian Premier League appearances for Zenit St. Petersburg this season and is expected to be Russia’s main man this summer. The 32-year-old is very much a rank outsider though with the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku the real favourites.