Why Russia Might be a Clever Short

Jun 17, 2021 | 03:24:AM

Russia pulled off a 1-0 victory over Finland on Wednesday, moving the team up to the number two spot in Group F in Euro 2020.

But Russia's evaluation at $12.65 it pretty optimistic considering the team's recent track record: Russia's win on Wednesday represents its first outright victory since defeating Hungary in the Fall of 2020. Between the two victories, Russia’s national team suffered a series of blowout losses paires with lackluster draws. The contest with Finland was fairly close, with Russia firing 14 shots in comparison to Finland's 11; Ball possession was similar as Russia maintained a slight edge throughout.  

Although Denmark—Russia's next opponent—has underperformed thus far, viewers can be confident that it will bounce back and at give Russia a wake up call. No matter which way you cut the cake, the theme is clear: Russia will not make a big splash outside of divisional play. The current evaluation at $12.65 reflects an indecisive victory over a weak opponent in Finland. For those looking to capitalize on Russia's uncertainty, a short might be a profitable move for traders as Russia and Denmark prepare to square off next Monday.