Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Predictions – Group Stage & Winner Odds26th March 2018 / lee
Saudi Arabia go to the World Cup 2018 as one of the absolute rank outsiders. They are massive 1000/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 23rd, 2018 at 02:07 a.m.) making them the joint largest-priced side in the running along with Panama. Still, there is a silver lining to that one supposes, because it means that being in the position of underdog means that everyone be will be behind them (except the home support of Russia on the opening night of the tournament) to pull off something special.
Saudi Arabia Nickname: The Green Falcons
Head Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
FIFA World Ranking: 69th
Saudi Arabia made it through into second place in their AFC qualification group by the skin of their teeth. They managed to get across the line into the automatic qualifcation place by goal difference over Australia only. That having been said, Saudi Arabia did win more games in qualification than the Socceroos did so arguably they deserved it. So that was a big achievement for them as they head back to the World Cup for the first time since Germany 2006.
Going into the World Cup they are the lowest ranked nation of all the teams heading to the tournament. So they have nothing to lose whatsoever and given the group and the fixture list that they have been given, getting out of the group would be a phenomenal achievement for them. There’s not an easy road ahead of them, especially as they have to face host Nation Russia in the tournament opener with a lot of pressure on them.
Not too surprisingly the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s squad heading to the World Cup are home-based players with just a few exceptions like Yahya Al-Shehri, Fahad Al-Muwallad and Salem Al-Dawsari who are all with La Liga clubs. They have a legend up front though, the prolific striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi who was the joint top scorer in qualification alongside Poland’s Robert Lewandowski. He has 28 goals in 34 appearances for his country at the time of writing. Former strike legend Sami Al-Jaber appeared in four consecutive World Cup tournaments, scoring in three of them for Saudi Arabia.
Stage of Elimination
The most likely scenario for Saudi Arabia is that they will go out at the group stage. They have to face Russia, the tough Uruguay side and the Mo Salah-inspired Egypt. So there are no easy games there for Saudi Arabia and if they manage to get a point on the board out of that they will have done well.
Actually, Russia are nothing more than average at the moment and there would be a tempter to see them crumble under pressure in that opener and see Saudi Arabia dig in for a point. They are likely to lose against a strong Uruguay side who are the favourites to win Group A and then it would be to what kind of performance they could come up with against Egypt. They are 40/1 outsiders at bet365 to win Group A naturally and 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on March 23rd, 2018 at 02:07 a.m.) to finish third.
World Cup 2018 Fixtures & Odds*
June 14th: Russia 3/10, Draw 15/4, Saudi Arabia 11/1
June 20th: Uruguay 2/7, Draw 4/1, Saudi Arabia 10/1
June 25th: Egypt 8/11, Draw 5/2, Saudi Arabia 4/1
World Cup Winner Odds*
Germany 9/2, Brazil 9/2, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 25/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 33/1, bar 40/1* (betting odds taken on March 21st, 2018 at 10:44 p.m.)
Past World Cup Performances
The Green Falcons have World Cup history. They made their debut at USA ‘94 and managed to get out of their group as well to a lot of people’s surprise, taking wins over Belgium and Morocco. Their journey came to an end in the round of sixteen as they suffered a 3-1 loss against Sweden in Dallas, Texas.
They made it to the next three World cup tournaments and went home at the group stage in each of those as well, not managing to win a game in any of them. After missing out in the 2010 and 2014 editions, they are back. Overall their World Cup record stands at P13 W2 D2 L9.
Saudi Arabia World Cup Predictions
They plucky Green Falcons will be going home in the group stage. There is just not a winnable match in the group for them. Best expectations for them would be grabbing a point against both Russia and Egypt really and that two-point tally would see them go home with their heads held high. There’s just not enough there to see them pull off anything than the Group A wooden spoon.
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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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