Russia are trying to catch leaders Belgium in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. It is Russia and Belgium who are the favourites to qualify from the group. It is six points from three games so far that the Russians have recorded for themselves and the goals have been flowing freely from them. Cyprus had managed to get off to a bright start in their qualification campaign, but have fallen to back-to-back defeats. Read our Russia v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
Russia produced a 9-0 win over San Marino on Saturday. That followed up on their 4-0 away win over Kazakhstan. Russia are sat on a W2 L1 record from their three qualification matches so far having opened with a 3-1 reverse in Belgium. Russia were on a three-match losing streak of form before their successes over Kazakhstan and San Marino. So that was a good lift that they took for themselves. They go into the next round of qualifiers level on six points with Scotland.
Across their last nine fixtures, Russia have won five and lost three and their notable form has come on home soil. Russia are W3 D1 in their last four home fixtures, not having conceded a single goal in any of their last three there. Going back to their goal scoring, Russia have scored 16 goals across their last four home games. Given the rest of the level of opposition in this group aside from Belgium, Russia will be expected to reach next summer’s finals.
Russia took a 1-0 win over Cyprus in a 2003 friendly, their most recent meeting
It is a W6 D1 L0 record that Russia have over Cyprus
Cyprus have scored one goal only in their last five games against Russia
Russia won their last home fixture against Cyprus 4-0
Cyprus lost 2-1 in Scotland on Saturday. They looked to have secured a point in the 87th minute when Ioannis Kousoulos put them level. However, they could not hang onto their point as Scotland scored a winner just two minutes later. Cyprus opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 5-0 home success over San Marino. That is the only win that they have taken in their last seven games played now. They have lost three of their last four played.
The Cypriots have collected just two wins in their last nine games played now, losing five of those. They have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net with just the one goal recorded across their last four fixtures. Whether having been said they have scored in each of their last three away games, netting exactly one goal in each of those fixtures. They are however only D1 L3 in their last four away games. Cyprus have conceded exactly 2 goals in three of their last four away games.
Russia are a tough side to get the better of on home soil, so it looks as if they should be easing their way to a relatively comfortable home success in this fixture. Cyprus are not likely to have the goals to match up to them and Russia to win to nil option looks a strong proposition.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Belgium start on home soil in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying. They are the favourites to get through with the group win so will they be able to ease themselves ahead of Russia early? These are the two favourites to gain an automatic qualification from the group. Scotland also go in Group I. Read our Belgium v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
Even though qualification for Euro 2020 hasn’t even started yet, Belgium are one of the front runners to lift the title next summer. It would frankly be a major upset if the Red Devils did not qualify from their group. The last time that Belgium faced up to Russia was back in 2017 when they met for a friendly and that game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium are undefeated against Russia from their five previous meetings, the Red Devils winning three of those.
Belgium did have a bit of a slip in their Nations League campaign as they didn’t top their group. A crushing 5-2 away loss at Switzerland in the final round of matches, meant that Belgium finished second to the Swiss on head-to-head. Belgium did win two home games in the group against the Swiss and against Iceland. Actually, the away loss against Switzerland saw a six-match undefeated streak of form that Belgium were on, snapped. Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven fixtures.
Russia did not do too badly in the Nations League. They did bottle things a little bit in their final match as they made a trip to Sweden needing only a draw to top the group. Russia lost that game 2-0. Coupled with a friendly international defeat against Germany that is back-to-back losses which Russia have taken ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener.
Before that it though they were on a six-match undefeated streak of form (90 minutes) extending back into their brave World Cup 2018 campaign. This will be the first major qualification campaign since going for Euro 2016 when they did book an automatic qualification spot. As World Cup 2018 hosts they did have an impressive campaign before running out of steam in the quarter-finals. Russia have only scored in one of their last four games so they have gone off the boil a bit up front.
In competitive mode, Belgium should have more than enough to take down Russia in this challenge. The Russians will always be more of a threat on home soil, so looking at Belgium to win to nil appeals at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Sweden have lined themselves up with a chance at winning this group still even after only winning one of their three games. They need have to win on home soil to pull off promotion. As for Russia, they go into the game knowing that another draw against the Swedes in the group is going to be enough for them. Read our Sweden v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 18th, 2018 at 6:01 p.m.)
The Swedes produced a win away in Turkey on Saturday, a game which they had to win in order to keep their promotion hopes in B2 alive. They now have to come up with another victory in order to top the group ahead of Russia. So it’s winner takes all here. Turkey are now W1 D1 L1 in their three games in the Nations League so far. Sweden are W1 D2 L2 in their last five matches played and they have collected a clean sheet in two of their last three games as well. Sweden to win to nil is at 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 5:27 pm)
Sweden have scored in three of their last five games and there has been another trend with them as four of their last five games have ended up under 2.5 goals. Under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 5:27 pm). Nothing but the victory gets Sweden across the finish line in top place in the group. Sweden are without a win in their last five home fixtures (D4 L2) though and need to nap that funk.
Each of the last six meetings have ended under 2.5 goals
Both Teams have scored in two for the last six meetings
Sweden are winless in five against Russia (D3 L2)
Sweden are unbeaten at home in three previous games against Russia (W1 D2)
The Russians suffered a hefty 3-0 loss against Germany on Thursday night, which snapped some good form that they were. Russia are now W3 D1 L1 in their last five games and before that defeat against Germany, they had been on a good six-match unbeaten streak of form. Russia have collected five wins in their last twelve games (90 minutes). In their Nations League campaign they played out a 0- 0 home draw with Sweden and beat 2-0 turkey. In their one away game, they won 2-1 in Turkey. So the Russians have a good +3 goals difference in the group now and they have taken back to back clean sheets in their campaign. Both teams not to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 5:27 pm)
Sweden should have the bit between their teeth now after a good win out in Turkey on the weekend. With home advantage behind them, they may just be able to find their way to get the job done. Home win.
18th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Russia are still in control of Group 2 in League B in the Nations League and if they can get three points out of this one then they would be four points clear at the top with one to play. So the fate of the group is at stake here, so this is their big chance to push for promotion. They face up to Turkey looking to complete the double over them, but a win for Turkey puts them in control. Read our Russia v Turkey betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)
Russia have continued on in good form at the World Cup. They are W2 D1 in their last three games. They opened with that 2-1 away win against Turkey in the Nations League and then followed that up with a big 5-1 friendly win over the Czech Republic. On Thursdays, they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Sweden.
So that leaves them with just the one defeat in their last nine games (W4 D1 L1) so that’s some pretty decent stuff from them. They have just the one clean sheet in their last seven. Both teams to score in this rematch is at even money and it’s worth a flutter* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm).
Both teams have scored in four of Russia’s last five games. This is such a big opportunity for them to follow up on their success of the summer by winning this Nations League group with a game to spare. If they were to play out a draw then they could still win the group if Sweden fail to beat Turkey on November 17th, with the Russians due to meet the Swedes in the final match of the group three days later. Given the situation and form, we feel the Russians are good for a narrow in. Russia to win by 1 goal is at 5/2 odds.
Turkey went into this as an unpredictable pick and that is exactly what they have been. They opened with that disappointing home 2-1 reverse against Russia but then did at least come up with a response to get themselves back in the promotion picture. They went out to Sweden and took a thrilling 3-2 win.
They looked dead and buried a 2-1 with just two minutes to play, but then Emre Akbaba come up with two goals in two minutes to turn everything on its head. Over 2.5 goals is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm). The expectancy is that this would be close with Russia conservative at home. However, Turkey have been pretty slack defensively.
They have just the one clean sheet in their last eight games played. That was in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia in a friendly during midweek at home. Going back to pushing the game over 2.5 goals, Turkey have scored in all but one of their last nine games, so there is value there. Turkey are W1 D4 L2 in their last seven games away from home. So on the back of that alone, it is going to be hard to support them. A win puts them two points clear at the top. It’s all or nothing from them now.
Russia got that 2-1 win out in Turkey back at the start of September which leaves them with a W2 D2 in four games against the Turks. From their two previous meetings in Russia, the Russians are W1 D1. Just one of the four previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
The isn’t without its appeal in this one, but we are going to push for a win for Russia. They can all but win the group here with three points here so they may as well go for it. A home win by a one goal margin appeal.
13th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Russia collected a good away win in Turkey in their opening fixture of the Nations League which leaves them in a strong position as they head home to face Sweden. The Swedes start the next round of matches bottom of Group 2 in League B as they suffered a setback out against Turkey in their opener. Read our Russia v Sweden betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 3:54 p.m.)
Russia were a surprise package at the World Cup in the summer and they were at it again, taking a 2-1 win out in Turkey in their opening Nations League game. Not that Turkey are very good at the moment, it has to be said. Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba were on the scoresheet for Russia against Turkey. Then when they changed things up in their starting eleven for their next match, a friendly against the Czech Rep, the Russians pounded out a 5-1 win. That is just the one loss in their last eight games now (D4 D3) for Russia.
So they have a nice bit of form going and we are looking over 2.5 goals for this one, not something we usually do with Russia. But over 2.5 goals is a good 5/4 option* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 3:54 p.m.) as Sweden are capable of both offensive output and defensive collapses. Plus Russia look far from watertight at the back. Russia won the last meeting between the two, which was back in Euro 2016 qualification, following a draw between them in Sweden. Russia are undefeated in four against Sweden (W2 D2).
Sweden needs to come up with a response in this one after a shock 2-3 home loss against Turkey in their opening match of the group. That was a strange one from Sweden as they had been firm favourites to win that fixture. They had lost a friendly against Austria before that and so they are now on a three-match losing streak with only a W2 L4 record in their last six played. So they are just in a little bit of a slump at the moment and heading out on the road, this is a difficult game.
Sweden are just a bit hit and miss in terms of goals output. The goals they got against Turkey, two goals which put them 2-0 up in the game just after halftime, came after they had failed to score in back to back defeats against England and Austria prior to that game. The defensive collapse they suffered at the end of that game will have been a heavy blow to their confidence. Still, regardless of the outcome, we are going to look at both teams to score at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 3:54 p.m.).
Russia actually appears to be the more consistent of the two at the moment and because of that, we are rolling with the home win in Russia v Sweden predictions. The option of both teams to score looks a pretty solid wager too.
9th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Russia have more than exceeded expectations so far at the 2018 World Cup and have made it through to the quarter-finals against the odds. Going into the tournament there were doubts as to whether they were good enough to get out of the group stage but after knocking out Spain on penalties in the last round, they are just two games from reaching the final on home turf. In order to progress they will have to get past Croatia who have been technically brilliant of the tournament so far, but who failed to find their form against Denmark in the round of 16, also needing penalties to move ahead. Read our Russia v Croatia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:13 p.m.)
The Russians are the surprise package of the quarter finals and really this will have caught out a lot of punters. They were on a seven-match winless streak of form ahead of the tournament and not a great deal was expected of them. But they opened with back to back wins to book qualification for the knockout stage right off the bat and so they could relax. They weren’t given much of a chance in their round of sixteen tie against Spain. But Russia stuck to their game plan of sitting back and defending, then they took their chance well in the penalty shoot out. To start with for our Russia v Croatia betting tips under 2.5 looks an obvious place to go to and that is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). That was some defensive display they produced against Spain, but that will also have taken a lot out of them because they were pretty much chasing shadows for 120 minutes.
Russia are now W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have collected just the one clean sheet in their last twelve games. Once again they are going as the underdogs in a match but it will be interesting to see if they can replicate what they did against the Spaniards. We are going with a both teams not to score option at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) for our Russia v Croatia betting tips and that is because we don’t see Russia producing a lot of attacking threat against a well-organised Croatia side. That is just three wins in their last twelve games for Russia (D4 L5) over 90 minutes so they are not a side in any particular form. Take out their big wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia and they have only managed to score more than one goal on two other occasions in their last twelve matches. Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba are joint 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for them going into this one* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.).
Croatia’s round of sixteen performance was a little strange. They looked so dynamic, strong and composed through the group stage, that it was surprising to see them so flat against Denmark. They just never got anywhere near first gear in that round of sixteen tie and it just goes to show the pressure of the situation. Without question, they are the stronger of the two sides going into this fixture and a Croatia 1-0 correct score option is at 5/1. Croatia are a strong and well-organised side at the back and they have conceded just the two goals in their last four games. Their current form reads W4 D1 over ninety minutes and in each of those victories they did net at least two goals, so maybe you would want to look a little longer in the correct score market, but we don’t see it. Not after how they clearly went back into some kind of conservative mindset against Denmark.
The pressure is going to be on Croatia again as favourites for this tie and their top scorer at the tournament so far is Luka Modric with two goals. He has been one of the better performers of the entire tournament and has to be in the frame for the Golden Ball for best player. Mario Mandzukic is at 5/1 in the first goalscorer market for this fixture* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and he got their somewhat lucky goal against Denmark in the last round. Croatia have won eight of their last thirteen games, losing just the two of them and they have a clear superiority in quality over the Russians. It is a case of whether or not they can get their mindset right and deliver. They did have players who just didn’t perform against the Danes. Back in 1998, they finished third at the tournament and they look as if they could at least match that. At the time of writing they had been moved into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.
There is a little bit of history between these two. Their first meeting were at the Euro 2008 qualifiers with both games playing out to a 0-0 draw. They most recently met in a 2015 friendly with Croatia easing to a 3-1 victory with Mandzukic among the goals.
Russia survived their trial against Spain through sheer will and determination in defending deep for 120 minutes. That has to take a toll on them at some point and Croatia will also knock the ball around comfortably against them, pushing them back. We see the extra quality of Croatia coming through and reaching the semi finals. Our Russia v Croatia prediction is a win for the Croatians in regulation time.
7th July 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.)
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?
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.
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.
29th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
Both sides have already made it through to the knockout stage of the competition after winning their opening games, and so this is going to be a scrap for the top spot. Uruguay have failed to really impress and get up and going, so will Russia who have produced positive displays, be able to spring a surprise and top the pile over the South Americans?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)
Uruguay have squeezed out two wins from two but they have yet to look totally convincing. After edging Egypt in their opener with a late goal, a lone strike from Luis Suarez got them their second 1-0 in Group A as they took out Saudi Arabia. They were always going to show up and be a tough defensive side to deal with but a bit more was expected of their attack it has to be said. Suarez is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.). If Uruguay wants to win the group they are going to have to go out and produce a win because they trail Russia badly on goal difference so a draw would not be enough. In the bet365 correct score market a Uruguay 1-0 is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) and we like the look of that in our Uruguay v Russia betting tips. While they have not played particularly well yet they do have the strengths to bring the Russians down to earth. Uruguay are on a five-match winning streak at the moment and they have kept a clean sheet in each of those. So they could go out and shut down their opponents and you can take the South Americans at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) to get a victory with a clean sheet.
Russia have looked pretty lively for a side who went into the tournament on a seven-match winless streak. An easy win over a dreadfully poor Saudi Arabia was followed up by a success against Egypt who did have Mo Salah playing, but he was pretty much a passenger and not very mobile. Therefore Russia have had a bit of luck and they haven’t faced a serious test yet. This will be their test. Denis Cheryshev has popped with three goals in two games now and that’s more than he scored for Villarreal in last season’s La Liga. Artem Dzyuba looks the better option for Russia in the anytime goalscorer market. But we can see this being a bit of a muted game as Russia can settle for the draw and we are going to have a flutter on both teams not to score at 21/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.). It can, of course, be argued that Russia were far more impressive against Saudi Arabia and Egypt than Uruguay were against those two, and that’s fair. But still, it’s going to be interesting to see how the hosts get on against a good competitive side.
There has been the one meeting between Uruguay and Russia and that was back in 2012 in what was a friendly that played out to a 1-1 draw.
For our Uruguay v Russia predictions were are going with the draw in the match outright. There’s no real reason for either to drive hard at this and they could take the opportunity to rest some key players. Russia hasn’t faced a good defence yet, but they will here and we can’t see them winning. Draw.
25th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
(Full time: 1:2 – goals: Fathy (OG) 47′, Cheryshev 59′, Dzyuba 62′ – Salah (P) 73′)
This game will start the second round of group stage fixtures at the 2018 World Cup and host nation Russia will be looking to drive home an advantage and push towards the round of 16. The Russians had an easy time of things in their opener against Saudi Arabia but will get a stiff challenge in this one against Egypt. Egypt’s hearts were broken in their opener as they conceded a late goal against Uruguay and so they need a big response of three points in this one.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 16th, 2018 at 00:28 p.m.)
So it was a good confident start by host nation Russia as they hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener. That was Russia’s first win this season and perhaps it was more of a reflection on how poor Saudi Arabia are than how good Russia are. It is important to remember that Russia were carrying no form into this competition and they are going to have a much more difficult time breaking through the ranks of Egypt than they did against Saudi Arabia. Because of that for our Russia v Egypt betting tips we are looking under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.). If Russia could get three points out of this fixture then that would put them on the threshold of place in the round of 16. It would also ease some pressure off their final fixture which is their toughest of all against Uruguay.
So Russia got the big five goal haul with Denis Cheryshev netting a brace and he is a 3/1 odds option in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.) for this one. The main striker Fedor Smolov is the 5/4 odds favourite* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.). Going back to Russia’s form it reads now W1 D3 L4 in their last eight games and the win over Saudi Arabia gave them their first clean sheet in nine games. You really can take nothing away from that first match because of how shockingly poor their opposition were and we don’t see them having an easy time in getting past Egypt. The Egyptians will be hungry for a win in this one to play themselves back into the qualification picture from this group after losing their opener. In the bet365 correct score market we are considering the 1-1 draw for our Russia v Egypt betting tips at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.).
Egypt looked as if they had done enough in their opener to secure a point against Uruguay, but conceded an 89th-minute goal to lose 1-0. Their star man Mo Salah stayed on the bench for the entire match as he continued his recovery from shoulder injury. So now Egypt have a situation to try and rescue which leaves them in tough position. Will they just throw Salah into action here from the start against Russia as reports are he is fit? Frankly, they had little cutting edge without him as they tried to contain powerful Uruguay attack at the same time. This does actually look like a game that Egypt can get something out of, but because they have never won a World Cup much before, and because they are unable on a seven-match winless streak of current form, a win looks out of the picture in our Russia v Egypt betting tips. But there is appeal on the match outright draw for 11/5 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 10:15 p.m.). That would still keep their qualification hopes alive but there is going to be an uphill battle for them not least because of Russia’s already big goal advantage in the group.
Egypt and Russia have never met before so they will be breaking new ground here.
This will be a true test of where Russia are at, as you can take nothing from that game against Saudi Arabia who were so poor. Egypt dug in well against Uruguay and were unlucky not to get a point out of that. However we are backing in our Russia v Egypt betting tips, the Africans to stick in their and grind out a point in this.
19th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
(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.
Saudi Arabia 17/2
* (Betting Odds taken from bet365 on June 11th, 2018 at 1.18 a.m.)
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?
This will be the first meeting between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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.
14th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting