This will be the opening match of the 2018 World Cup and there will be huge pressure on the hosts as they begin their campaign against Saudi Arabia. This match will take place on the 14th June at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
The home fans are sure to be packed in for this match, which must go down as a must-win game for Russia if they are to qualify for the knockout stages. With Egypt and Uruguay still to play, both teams will be wanting to get off to a good start. So who will win? We'll try to answer this question below. You can read our Egypt vs Uruguay betting predictions here
1. Team News
1.1 Latest Team Stats
|Statistics for last 10 matches ||Russia / Saudi Arabia |
|Number of wins: ||1 / 3 |
|Number of draws: ||3 / 1 |
|Avarage scored goals per match: ||1.1 / 1.1 |
|Avarage conceded goals per match: ||1.8 / 1.8 |
|Failure to score matches: ||4 / 3 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||D L L L D / W W L L L |
When it comes to the Russia vs Saudi Arabia latest news we should start with the fact that just a few days ago Juan Antonio Pizzi became Saudi Arabias new coach. Question is how will this affect the team...
Newest Russia vs Saudi Arabia winner betting odds shows that Saudi Arabia is still an underdog in this match, taking into consideration their last 3 losses in friendlies before the World Cup (Italy - lost 2:1, Peru - lost 3:0, Germany - lost 2:1).
There are no injuries and player news for Saudi Arabia. When it comes to Russia, things are different... First of all there are three major injuries in the Russian team. Aleksandr Kokorin, Georgi Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin could all miss the tournament.
Russians lost their latest friendly with Austria (0-1) and drew with Turkey (1-1).
2. Russia vs Saudi Arabia Odds Preview
This will be the second World Cup Russia have contested in the last 12 years, having failed to qualify for the tournament in 2006 and 2010. Four years ago in Brazil, Russia lost one of their group games against Belgium and was held to a draw in their other two matches, which saw them finish bottom of the group.
They qualified for this World Cup as hosts and have not seen much in the way competitive action in recent years.
Russia have been falling down the world rankings and will be one of, if not the lowest ranked team come kick-off in this match. There is a lot of feeling around the country that this World Cup has come at the wrong time for Russia but despite this, they come in as heavy favourites to win this match, priced at 1.48 with 1XBET.
Their opponents, Saudi Arabia will also be one of the lowest ranked teams at the 2018 World Cup but will be happy to have the opportunity to play in such a prestigious match.
Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for the last two World Cup tournaments and will be dreaming of USA 94, when they went all the way to the Round of 16 before losing to Sweden. They did very well in qualifying and finished second in a tough group containing Japan, Australia, and United Arab Emirates.
However, since qualifying for the World Cup, Saudi Arabia have been through two managers and have lost the man who guided them to the tournament, Bert van Marwijk.
Saudi Arabia betting odds are out at 9.50 with Bet365 to win this match, which seems like long odds and the draw is available at 4.33. If you want more odds, read our piece about World Cup 2018 betting odds.
Our Russia vs Saudi Arabia predicted score is: 1-0 for Russia.
3. Russia vs Saudi Arabia Prediction
Russia vs Saudi Arabia predictions sent by tipsters say that this could be a very close game and the Russian players will be under enormous pressure to not only win the match but also produce a good performance. Saudi Arabia could make it very difficult for the hosts and only three times since 1966 has the opening game of the World Cup seen over 2.5 goals scored.
Under 2.5 goals is 1.75 with 1XBET.
What are other Russia vs Saudi Arabia betting tips? Saudi Arabia will be out to spoil the party but Russia will be keen to keep things tight at the back and hope to grab a goal whenever they can get forward.
Draw half-time/Russia full-time is 4.10.
Russia will need their key attacking players fit if they are going to win this game and will be hoping Alan Dzagoev, Fyodor Smolov, and Aleksandr Kokorin come through the club season without injury.
Saudi Arabia have one of the most gifted playmakers in Asian football at their disposal and all eyes will be on Nawaf Al Abed in this match.
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