England vs Wales: How they compared in game one of Euro 2016

England manager Roy Hodgson

England take on Wales on Thursday in a huge clash in Group B.

England's manager Roy Hodgson attends a news conferenceEngland's manager Roy Hodgson attends a news conference

England clash with Wales on Thursday in what is now a huge game for the two sides in Group B. 

Roy Hodgson’s side started Euro 2016 with disappointment as they drew 1-1 with Russia, courtesy of a late equaliser.

Wales'manager Chris Coleman attends a news conferenceWales'manager Chris Coleman attends a news conference

Wales meanwhile, started the tournament in the best manner possible, beating Slovakia 2-1 with Gareth Bale in fine form.

Another win would see them progressing to the knockout stages, while a loss for England would leave their chances of progression firmly in the balance.

But how did the two sides compare in their first tournament games? Oulala took a look at the stats to find out.

England Vs Wales Oulala

And as it transpired, England were by far the better team as they came out on top in seven key areas.

They played more successful passes, enjoyed a better pass completion and had a bigger share of the possession.

They also had more shots than the Welsh and a better take-on success rate, but their shot accuracy was far below the impressive 73% that Chris Coleman’s side managed.

Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates at the end of the matchWales' Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates at the end of the match

Defensively they were also better, with a better tackle success rate and more clearances, although Wales were better when it came to interceptions.

Nonetheless, a domination of the stats by England, who will be hoping to continue that on Thursday and, more importantly, secure all three points.

England head coach Roy HodgsonEngland head coach Roy Hodgson

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