Gambling is frowned upon in football. Just ask the Italians, who know the pitfalls of gambling. But gambling is still fun, Russia and the Czech Republic are playing and you can throw some money around. You're not going to fix any matches, are you?
Lines: Russia, -1/2 (+115). Czech Republic, +1/2 (-135).
Odds: Russia, +115. Czech Republic, +240. Draw, +225.
Over/Under: Over 2, +105. Under 2, -125.
Usually, Russia is underrated, but after its run in Euro 2008, expectations skyrocketed. But ever since Russia crashed out of 2010 World Cup qualifying, things have gone back to normal and Russia are back to being underrated. That they can keep Zenit St. Petersburg's three-man midfield of Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov and Roman Shirokov together gives them a major edge. That trio should allow them to boss the middle and render Tomas Rosicky ineffective. There are better odds that they win by two than they draw or lose. You're being offered +115, take it.
A 2-0 Russia win looks likely, meaning there is a push on the over/under, but that just gets you your money back. In the last two Euros, goals were down by more than half a goal in the first round of matches so odds are this one is looking much more like the under than the over.