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Russia World Cup 2018 Predictions – Group Stage & Winner Odds

27th April 2018 / lee
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Sometimes being the host nation of a World Cup can be a bit of a curse. It is like being the favourite to win a title, there is just extra expectancy on your shoulders and then when things don’t pan out, the fall is harder than it would usually have been. Russia have been struggling for form for the last couple of years and may struggle to make an impact in their own tournament in the summer.

Russia Nickname: The National Team
Head Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
FIFA World Ranking: 66

Qualification Campaign

There was no qualification campaign for Russia as hosts of the tournament.

Stage of Elimination

By no stretch of the imagination do Russian look certain to be getting out of their group. They are actually second favourites to win Group A with bet365 behind Uruguay at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on April 26th, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.) but they don’t look as if they are going to have a smooth ride through the campaign. Uruguay do look the strongest option on paper to go out and win the group and the South Americans had a pretty strong and fairly stable qualification campaign which will put them in good stead for their World Cup campaign.

Russia won’t run into Uruguay until their final group stage match on June 25th, so the hosts do have a bit of time to build up some momentum through the group stage. Their opener comes on June 14th in the tournament opener as they take on Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow and the Russians are 1/3 favourites* (betting odds taken on April 26th, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.) to take the win in the match and it is reasonable to expect them to collect maximum points in that one. They are going to need that confidence booster for themselves going forward into their second challenge.

The big game is going to be against Egypt in their second game. While the African nation are not a massive kind of threat they will be bringing to the table something that perhaps the Russians are currently lacking. That is a bit of a star power in Liverpool’s Mo Salah and plenty of energy and commitment. The Russians have looked a little bit laborious and lacking in creativity and just all-round quality. This is the game that is going to make or break Russia’s campaign really and the hosts are only at even money with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 26th, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.) to win it.

You look at their results since the start of 2017 and they haven’t impressed at all. They lost against the Ivory Coast last year, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, while they suffered reverses against Portugal and Mexico at last summer’s Confederations Cup on home soil. Other notable disappointments were a friendly draw against Iran and defeats against stronger opposition in Argentina, Brazil and France (which indicates that they will struggle against Uruguay). Really other than Alan Dzagoev and the goals of Fyodor Smolov there’s a real lack of quality and a 5/2 option* (betting odds taken on April 26th, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.) on a group stage elimination for Russia is somewhat tempting.

Russia World Cup 2018 Fixtures & Odds*

June 14th: Russia 1/3, Draw 7/2, Saudi Arabia 11/1
June 19th: Russia even money, Draw 21/10, Egypt 16/5
June 25th: Uruguay 7/5, Draw 2/1, Russia 21/10

World Cup Winner Odds*

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018)

Past World Cup Performances

Russia have played three previous World Cup tournaments since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Their first was an appearance at USA ‘94 when they crashed in the group stage. Actually, all three of their appearances as Russia have ended at the group stage, so that could be another indicator that when they step back out onto the world stage again, that they are in real danger of falling short. Their record at World Cups is pretty shoddy really.

In their first two appearances (1994 and 2002) they went home with just a W1 L2 record under their belt. Four years ago they did put in an appearance at Brazil and produced their worst performance of all, collecting just two draws and a loss. So that leaves them with just a W2 D2 L5 record from their eight previous World Cup games as Russia. It really is nothing for the home support to get too excited about truthfully.

Russia World Cup Predictions

Russia are going to vulnerable and somewhat exposed in this campaign. While they do have a chance to open with a flourish against minnows Saudi Arabia there has to be genuine concerns about their ability to handle a positive and energetic Egypt and they certainly don’t look strong enough to take anything from Uruguay in their final group stage match. Their home tournament may be short-lived and back them to go out at the group stage at 5/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 26th, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.)

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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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