UK Rivalry as England Meet Wales - Euro 2016 Day 7 Preview

England and Wales met in Group B in the early kick-off on Thursday afternoon in a game that could go a long way to deciding the shape of the group.

England will feel highly-deflated after having the better of their 1-1 draw with a poor Russia team. The Three Lions had chances and at times looked good, but at times lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

For all their attacking talent it was defensive midfielder Eric Dier who scored their only goal against Russia. A number of players under-performed, but according to reports England are set to line-up with the same eleven that started the Russia game.

England will need to perform far better against a strong Wales side, which seems to be determined to inflict misery on their neighbours. For the Three Lions this is a must not lose game and a win would put them in a strong position in the group.

Wales kicked-off their first ever European Championships appearance with a 2-1 win over Slovakia, courtesy of a Gareth Bale free-kick and a Hal-Robson Kanu effort that was sandwiched by an equaliser from by substitute Ondrej Duda.

The Dragons dominated the first half, but Slovakia had their moments and the game could have gone either way. The winner from Robson-Kanu may just have earned the Reading forward a starting place against England.

Wales star player Bale enjoyed a relatively quiet game against Slovakia, but will be the one that England has to stop if they are to stop the Dragons. This could be a very tight game and result in a draw.

In the evening the action switches to Group C, as Ukraine face Northern Ireland with both sides looking to pick-up their first wins of the competition.

Ukraine were defeated 2-0 by world champions Germany in their first game of Euro 2016, with Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring the goals for Die Mannschaft. In truth it was not an awful display and Ukraine had their moments, but were maybe slightly cautious.

Mykhaylo Fomenko’s team are likely to be more adventurous in this clash. The likes of wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka will be hoping to see more of the ball.

Northern Ireland suffered a 1-0 defeat against Poland, with Arkadiusz Milik scoring the only goal of the game. Michael O’Neill’s side defended for much of the game and struggled to make an attacking impact.

They are likely to start with caution again in this clash, as Ukraine have shown in qualifying they are beatable. The Ukrainians will fancy their chances of a win, especially if Northern Ireland sits back and attempt to soak up the pressure.

The late kick-off sees world champions Germany and Poland go head-to-head in a game that could play a big part in deciding the winners of group.

Germany kicked-off their campaign with a 2-0 win over Ukraine courtesy of goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Die Mannschaft were not at their best, but there is sure to be more to come from Joachim Low’s team. A win in this clash will put Germany into the knockout stages.

Poland’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the opening group game means that Adam Nawalka’s side are in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages. The Poles have beaten their neighbours just once in 20 meetings, but that win came in qualifying for Euro 2016.

Germany will be confident of recording a win in this clash, but this could be a free swing for Poland, as their last game is against Ukraine, which could decide who qualifies for the knockout stages.

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