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Spain v Russia Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

29th June 2018 / lee
Spain v Russia - World Cup 2018

Spain v Russia World Cup 2018, 1st July – 3.00 p.m

Spain’s defence has looked a bit rocky at times through this World Cup, but they have managed to hang in there and they did top Group B. However, for Spain v Russia betting tips in this all-European round of sixteen ties at the World Cup we are looking at the defence of the Red Fury stepping up to the task and keeping the host nation relatively quiet. After a bright start to the tournament, Russia suffered a heavy defeat in their final group stage match. They are going to have an uphill battle in this one.

Spain v Russia Betting Odds*

Spain 8/13
Draw 29/10
Russia 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.)

Spain v Russia Betting Tips

Spain are undefeated since their Euro 2016 exit and it has been an impressive record that they have put together. However, they certainly made life hard for themselves in their group stage campaign at Russia 2018. There have been countless defensive errors by Spain made already at this tournament including by keeper David de Gea who has looked anything like his steady self that we have seen for the past few seasons at Manchester United. Spain conceded five goals in their three group stage games and that could have been worse because Iran were unlucky not to get an equaliser against them. Most knockout stage games at major tournaments tend to be cautious muted affairs however we are looking over 2.5 goals for this fixture which is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). Either Spain are going to run riot against an average Russia defence, or they will be involved in a ding-dong battle.

After conceding three against Portugal in their opener, Spain twice had to come from behind to earn a draw against Morocco in their final group stage match. They have really been poor at the back and even stalwarts like Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos have been shockingly bad. Diego Costa though is having a fine tournament for the Spaniards and he is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). The former Chelsea man has three goals at the tournament so far. Spain’s form in their last 12 games reads W7 D5 but they have alternated between a draw and a win in each of their last seven. Going back to their unconvincing defence they have just two clean sheets in their last eight games.

So will Russia be able to mount any kind of challenge in this fixture? The Russians who were winless in seven matches ahead of the 2018 World Cup, pounded Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening fixture. They raced away to put three goals past Egypt to make it back-to-back wins leaving them in with a shot at topping group a as they went into a showdown with Uruguay in their final match. Russia were outplayed and suffered a big 3-0 defeat in that game and you wonder if that is the real Russia, the one which was so badly out of form ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Certainly, after coming through their first two games against lower quality opponents successfully, you would have thought that they would be running in high confidence and would have been able to push Uruguay a bit closer. It did not happen and they are underdogs for this game and they didn’t look a huge threat going forward against Uruguay and therefore both teams not to score is 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.).

Russia have lost five of their last 11 games, winning just the three of those. Again that is why it was a surprise that they opened the tournament in such positive fashion because their forme just was not there. Russia have taken just one clean sheet in their last 11 games and that is going to naturally leave them vulnerable in this fixture. Even though they are taking on a weak Spain defence, their lack of output in their one tough match at the tournament so far may offer some value in looking at our Spain v Russia betting tip of Spain to win to nil at 11/8* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). Did the Russians peak all too soon?

Spain v Russia Head to Head

Interestingly there was a friendly between Russia and Spain back in November last year and are finished in a 3-3 draw after Spain have put themselves 2-0 ahead in the game. Each of the last three meetings between these two have produced at least three goals in a game. When it comes to the head to head Spain have won four of the previous six, drawing the other two. Spain have conceded in just two of those previous six games against Russia.

Who will win – Spain v Russia Predictions

We have to stick with Spain for our Spain v Russia betting tips in this one and we are going to back them to get across the line with a clean sheet as well, by backing them to win to nil. It’s a risk, but Uruguay held Russia at bay well and Spain can keep the ball off of them.

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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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