England vs Russia: How they compared in Euro 2016 qualifying

England Vs Russia

The two sides meet in the Group B opener on Saturday.

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson

England take on Russia on Saturday in the opening game of their Euro 2016 campaign this summer.

The game is arguably the hardest the Three Lions will face in Group B, although the clashes with Wales and Slovakia will be far from easy. Both sides had varied qualifying campaigns, with England winning all of their games and progressing comfortably.

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Russia meanwhile struggled for their best form in the qualifying stages, but did end up finishing second in Group G, ahead of Sweden and eight points behind Austria.

So how did the two sides compare in other areas? Oulala decided to find out.

England Vs Russia

And as it transpires, England were by far the more superior team in six of the eight areas that they looked at.

On a per game basis, Roy Hodgson’s side managed more goals, more shots; conceded fewer and played more successful passes. hey also enjoyed a better pass completion, while managing a better possession rate than the Russians.

England's Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney warm up before the matchEngland's Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney warm up before the match

They were not beaten in all areas though as they conceded fewer fouls per game and picked up four fewer red cards. They also won the dubious distinction of being fouled more often than England.

A comfortable win for England regardless though, and they will be hoping they can enjoy similar success in Saturday’s Group B opener.

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