- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

PARIS (AP) - It was the matchup England and Welsh fans would have wanted, although neither of the British sides will be particularly confident of getting a result against each other. Meanwhile, Russia and Slovakia complete a tough-looking Group B that is likely to go to the wire, and promises some thrilling games.

Here are other essential things to know about Group B:

THE BIG MATCH: The northern city of Lens will host the highly anticipated clash between England and Wales on June 16. Located roughly 180 kilometers (110 miles from Paris), the rough-and-tumble, working-class city is easily reachable for fans traveling from Britain, so there is likely to be a huge contingent of passionate fans from both countries.

PLAYER TO WATCH: With goals likely to be plentiful in an attack-minded group, there is plenty of talent to catch the eye with Russia striker Artem Dzyuba, Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik, and England’s Wayne Rooney. But Wales winger Gareth Bale perhaps has the edge on them after scoring seven goals in qualifying.

PROJECTED TOP TWO: It’s a tough call, but England is likely to come top with Russia likely to just get the better of Wales. Russia has more experience and knowhow than Wales and, although it does not have a player of Bale’s outstanding ability, it has better technical ability overall and possesses the sharper center forward in Zenit St. Petersburg’s Dzyuba.



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