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Russia v Saudi Arabia Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

14th June 2018 / lee
Russia v Saudi Arabia - World Cup 2018

Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018, 14th June – 4.00 p.m

(Full time: 5:0 – goals: Gazinsky 12´, Cheryshev 43´, 90´+, Dzyuba 71´, Golovin 90´+)

This will be the first-ever World Cup game hosted in Russia and it is one that looks as if it could be a bit of a banana skin for the hosts. Russia have yet to win a game in 2018, the World Cup year, and expectancy isn’t high. They are currently on the longest winless streak in their history. Punters may not be afraid to back Saudi Arabia, who are still big underdogs, to get something out of this.

Russia v Saudi Arabia Odds*

Russia 2/5
Draw 16/5
Saudi Arabia 17/2
* (Betting Odds taken from bet365 on June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.)

Russia v Saudi Arabia Betting Tips

So there has been no real form from Russia in 2018 and really they have been on the decline since 2010 when they were awarded the hosting of the tournament. It looks pretty bad for them at the moment as they are seven games without a win (D3 L4) following their last victory which was a 4-2 success over South Korea back in October last year. During their winless streak of form, they did face Argentina, Spain, Brazil and France who are all in single figures to win the tournament outright. But at the back end of that, there was a pretty limp 1-0 defeat against Austria and a tame 1-1 draw with Turkey in their final preparations.

The last clean sheet that Russia collected was back at last summer’s Confederation cup when on home soil, they beat New Zealand 2-0. It is 10 games without one since then for  Russia and that has being a big concern. This is not likely to be a high-scoring game so under 2.5 goals with bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.). They don’t look to have any kind of real tactical organisation but you wonder what will happen to them if they do come under pressure in this game in front of their home support. Russia have managed to score in only half of their last six fixtures and the shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market is a Russia 1-0 result at 15/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.).

Saudi Arabia may well be the underdogs for this game and at considerable odds at, but the 2/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.) on Saudi Arabia double chance may well appeal to punters just because of how unconvincing Russia look. Saudi Arabia are not in great form themselves having won only two of their last eight international fixtures. They have lost their last three in a row against Italy, Peru and Germany but both defeats against the Italians and the Germans were by a 2-1 score. Saudi Arabia have only failed to score in one of the last five fixtures and at the start of May, they took solid friendly victories over both Algeria and Greece. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken from June 10th, 2018 at 8:55 p.m.). Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Sahlawi was the joint top goalscorer in the entire World Cup qualifiers as they secured automatic qualification so he could be one to look out for in the goalscorer markets. This is Saudi Arabia’s fifth World Cup appearance and the first since 2006, can they make a bold impact on Thursday?

Russia v Saudi Arabia Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Who will win – Russia v Saudi Arabia Predictions

There may be a bit of value in backing Saudi Arabia to get something out of this game just because Russia don’t appear to be anything special at the moment. There is still probably a stretch to see the underdogs collect a win but there is an appeal in the match outright draw or even backing Saudi Arabia double chance.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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