Russia vs New Zealand 1X2 Odds
|Bookmaker ||Russia to Win ||Draw ||New Zealand to Win |
|Bet365 ||1.33 ||5.00 ||9.00 |
|William Hill ||1.30 ||4.75 ||9.00 |
|1xBet ||1.32 ||5.60 ||11.50 |
It is traditional at any major football tournament for the hosts to play their first game immediately after the opening ceremony, and Russia will have the chance to strut their stuff in front of their own fans in this June 17 clash with New Zealand that raises the curtain on the Confederations Cup 2017.
1. Opportunity for Russia
The host nation will have been left reeling from their poor performances at Euro 2016, where they were thoroughly outclassed in the group stage and took just one point from a possible nine. At least this tournament offers them a chance of redemption.
New Zealand qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning their home Oceanic Nations Cup, which sounds impressive enough but the reality is rather different. If we were to tell you that their run to the title included a 0-0 draw with Papua New Guinea and 1-0 wins over the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, you would understand that, as achievements go, this is a pretty lowly one from the Kiwis’ perspective.
So Russia have the perfect opportunity to claim a morale-boosting win at the first available opportunity here… will they take it?
2. The Bookies Choice - Odds
It’s quite clear that Russia, for all their faults, should be winning this game, and the bookmakers have recognised the fact by making them the 1.33 favourites to claim the three points.
Anyone brave enough to back New Zealand can do so at a heady 11.50, with the draw available at around the 5.60 mark.
Russia vs New Zealand - Best odds
3. Russia vs New Zealand Betting Tips
There is routinely a lot of pressure on the host nation in any given tournament, but the good news for Russia is that their players are so experienced they are likely to be able to cope with ease.
Just look at their defensive unit. In goal you have the evergreen Igor Akinfeev, who remarkably is still only 31 years old. In front of him the defence could read Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignasevich and Dimitri Kombarov, who between them hold more than 250 international caps.
In attack they boast the not inconsiderable talents of Alan Dzagoev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Kokorin, and with a workmanlike midfield doing their job this is a solid Russian side who, despite not being world class by any means, should have more than enough firepower for New Zealand.
The Kiwis have two standout players at their disposal, West Ham’s Winston Reid and Leeds United’s prolific frontman Chris Wood. Unfortunately, they will receive very little support from a hard-working but technically limited squad, and so little is expected of them in this competition.
In their Oceanic region New Zealand continue to dominate, but when playing classier operators they tend to struggle. In qualifying for the last World Cup they lost a play-off tie against Mexico 3-9 on aggregate, and have only scored two goals in nine Confederations Cup games to date. Defeats to Thailand and Myanmar in friendlies also do little to quiet the notion that they will be out of their depth in Russia.
But the hosts are a pragmatic outfit, so Russia to Win & Both Teams to Score (No) is the smart bet at 1.95.
Russia will have the eyes of a nation upon them as they launch the Confederations Cup 2017. Can they get their campaign off to the best possible start against New Zealand?