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Uruguay v Russia Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

Uruguay v Russia- World Cup 2018

Uruguay v Russia World Cup 2018, 25th June – 3.00 p.m

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?

Uruguay v Russia Betting Odds*

Uruguay 17/10
Russia 2/1
Draw 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)

Uruguay v Russia Betting Tips

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.

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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.

Uruguay v Russia Head to Head

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.

Who will win – Uruguay v Russia Predictions

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

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Russia v Egypt Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

Russia v Egypt- World Cup 2018

Russia v Egypt World Cup 2018, 19th June – 7.00 p.m

(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.

Russia v Egypt Betting Odds*

Russia 13/10
Draw 11/5
Egypt 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 16th, 2018 at 00:28 p.m.)

Russia v Egypt Betting Tips

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.

Russia v Egypt Head to Head

Egypt and Russia have never met before so they will be breaking new ground here.

Who will win – Russia v Egypt Predictions

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.

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19th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting

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

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.

14th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting

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Russia World Cup 2018 Predictions – Group Stage & Winner Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting

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.)

27th April 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting

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Russia v France Prediction & Betting Tips – 27th March 2018

International Football Betting

Russia v France International Friendly, 27th March

World Cup host nation Russia were taken to the cleaners on Friday as they slumped to a big home loss against Brazil. A Brazil without Neymar at that. That continued some less than average form from the Russians who aren’t shaping up well ahead of their World Cup. France go into his one after a good tussle with Colombia on Friday which will have shaken them up.

Russia v France Odds*

France 4/6, Draw 11/4, Russia 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 08:48 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018)

Russia v France Betting Tips

Russia just cannot find any kind of form for themselves and a 3-0 loss to Brazil on Friday won’t have improved their mood any. They have managed to win just one of their last eight internationals now. Considering that most of the sequence was played on home soil and considering that their last three games have been against quality opponents in Argentina, Spain And Brazil (D1 L2), then they look set for troubles ahead as they host France. Russia have now conceded exactly three goals in their last two games which is going to be a worry for them and they have just one clean sheet in their last seven games played so it’s hard to see them getting out of this with anything. In the Ladbrokes correct score market a France 1-0 result is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 08:48 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018).

The last time that Russia and France met was in a 2016 International Friendly and the French came away with a thrilling 4-2 win. Prior to that, they met back in 2002 when a 0-0 was played out. So that is the extent of their recent history.

France were stunned at home on Friday night as Colombia fought back from 2-0 down to take a dramatic 3-2 win in Paris against them. That will have brought Les Bleus back down to earth a little bit. It was something of a surprise result, especially in the manner that they let the game slip away from them. It ended a seven-match unbeaten streak of form that they were on and so will want to make a big statement to shake themselves back into life in this one. They should be able to expose a poor Russia back line and France to win to nil with Ladbrokes is still worth a look at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 08:48 p.m. on March 23rd, 2018). because they will want to tighten up after their blowout against Colombia. France are still such a good squad, they are not going to lose too often and this is average opposition for them at best right now.

Who will win – Russia v France Predictions

Russia are in a bit of a mess and are going to struggle come to their home World Cup in the summer. Given Russia’s winless current form against good sides, back France to come away with a win. They will have a point to prove to themselves after Friday.

24th March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Russia v Brazil Prediction & Betting Tips – 23rd March 2018

International Football Betting

Russia v Brazil International Friendly, 23rd March

World Cup 2018 hosts Russia go in a tough match as they start building up some momentum ahead of the tournament. It has probably felt like an exhausting period of friendly matches for them and frankly, they haven’t impressed in them. Brazil will be without the injured Neymar but will still be expected to win this.

Russia v Brazil Odds*

Brazil 3/5, Draw 11/4, Russia 19/4* (Betting Odds taken at 03:54 p.m. on March 19th, 2018)

Russia v Brazil Betting Tips

If Russia’s form over the last year is anything to go by they are going to struggle to make an impact at their own World Cup in the summer. The Russians went W3 D4 L4 in their eleven internationals played last year. The wins were over Hungary, New Zealand and South Korea while they failed to beat the likes of Chile, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Iran. In their last friendly they did actually earn a credible 3-3 draw against Spain in Saint Petersburg which was a shock result really. Just back before that though they played Argentina and lost 1-0. Even though they are at home it’s hard to imagine that hey will get a lot of quality ball and both teams not to score at 8/11 odds with William Hill has some appeal.

Russia and Brazil have met twelve times before and Russia are yet to win one against the Selecao. Brazil are W8 D4 then against Russia from their previous meeting scoring 23 and conceding just the seven. Their last friendly was back in 2013 at Stamford Bridge when the two played out a 1-1 draw. The last friendly that they played together in Russia ended in a 1-0 victory for Brazil. In the William Hill correct score market a 1-0 option is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:54 p.m. on March 19th, 2018).

This will actually be a good test for Brazil, to see how they could cope were they to lose Neymar during the World Cup. They cruised to the World Cup through qualification, and last year they lost just one game, which was against Argentina in the Superclasico in Melbourne Australia. Their last friendly saw them play out a 0-0 draw with England and of the seven wins that they banked in 2017, six of them were with a clean sheet. Brazil to win to nil at William Hill is at 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:54 p.m. on March 19th, 2018). So without Neymar, who is leading the goalscoring threats for Brazil? They aren’t short of options with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Willian, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. They’ll probably be alright.

Who will win – Russia v Brazil Predictions

Brazil can land themselves the win here. Yes, they rely on Neymar a lot for goals, but there’s enough in the squad still without him to see off a pretty average looking Russia.

19th March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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World Cup 2018 Prediction & Betting Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting

Thirty two teams will be competing at the World Cup 2018 and each of those participants knows exactly what lies ahead in the group stage. On December 1st, 2017 in Moscow, the draw for the 2018 World Cup was made and so the finals are set. The fixtures are dated, the venues are set and fans can prepare for the fantastic month of football that lies ahead. Germany will be heading out east across Europe to defend their title and they are running as joint 5/1 outright favourites at BetVictor alongside Brazil to win this edition, which incidentally, will be the 21st World Cup. With Russia being a huge country, the tournament will be played across several time zone, but they have kept things mostly to western venues to keep things like travel manageable.


World Cup First Timers

Two sides will stand out at the Wold Cup for the fact that they will be making their tournament debuts. While twenty of the other thirty teams heading to Russia all played at the 2014 World Cup, Panama and Iceland will be making their debuts in the competition. Iceland, who were the big underdog success story of Euro 2016, managed to top out Croatia to automatically qualify for the World cup, making them the smallest nation ever to do so. Panama sprung a surprise in the CONCACAF confederation as they are the main reason really the USA are missing out on the tournament. It was a fairy tale, dramatic ending to their qualification campaign but they also needed substantial luck along the way too.

World Cup 2018 Draw

The format for the 2018 World Cup will follow the usual format really. There will be eight groups of four teams and the top two teams from each of those groups will go through to the knockout stage. The deciding factors should teams finish level on points, is goal difference which will come into play first and then if that is even between teams, the decider will be the number of goals scored in all group matches.

The slots for the round of sixteen, the first knockout round are already assigned. So you are able to kind of plan a bit of a route through the tournament for your teams. What happens is that the winner of Group A will face the runner-up for Group B and vice versa. That follows through for Group C v D, Group E v F and Group G v Group H. So that helps in seeing what is coming up ahead potentially.

Full Group Stage Draw (seeds in bold)

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup 2018 Betting Odds

Germany 5/1, Brazil 5/1, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Russia 33/1, Uruguay 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Croatia 40/1, Poland 40/1, Denmark 80/1, Switzerland 80/1, 100/1 bar


England Receive a Great Draw

England went into the draw in December with a bit of trepidation because they could have landed themselves in a group with someone like Germany, Argentina, Brazil or France. Instead, they dodged the bullet and managed to get Belgium who they should be able to compete with and they do have a superior head to head record over the Red Devils well. Belgium are 10/11 odds on favourites at BetVictor to win Group G with England at 11/8. Tottenham’s Harry Kane who is the 5/4 favourite to be the top scorer for the Three Lions at the tournament while the England stage of elimination market throws up some interesting options. The Three Lions to get dumped out in the Round of 16 is the shortest priced option at a price of 11/5. Depending on where they finish in the group, first or second, they would be playing someone from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan in the round of sixteen.

The Main Contenders

Germany, Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina are the only sides in the tournament currently trading under double figures to win it. Germany, after destroying Brazil 7-1 along the way, took the 2014 World Cup title against Argentina and they are a strong option to go back out and win it again. They averaged over four goals per game in qualification and only conceded the four goals only. They have tremendous depth and their youngsters won the Confederations Cup in the summer of 2017.

Brazil will have plenty of backing as the Selecao were powerful in CONMEBOL qualification (the toughest confederation in the world) winning the group with games to spare. They have star power in the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, and they will be a major force. Does anyone have a better squad overall than France? Probably not and as long as Les Bleus have their head in the right place, then they should impress very well. The only doubt will be whether or not they handle things mentally when the going gets tough.

Spani will be happy enough with the draw that they have gotten, even though they go against Iberian rivals Portugal in the group stage. Awaiting them in the round of sixteen would be an opponent from Group A which is arguably the weakest in the tournament which contains hosts Russia. They will have a big point to prove after misfires at the World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016. Argentina had real issues in getting to the World Cup and that caused them to go on the drift in the outright winner market. But that just tempted punters to have a flutter on them because they are stacked with talent and if they turn up and click, they will be a force.

Prediction

Spain and France are both on the back end of the major teams going into the tournament. The Spaniards probably are going to fall a little bit short come the crunch matches because they aren’t as strong as when they ruled the world back in 2010. France will be questionable, despite their talent, about their fortitude if they have to dig things out in tough, tight, high-pressure matches. Argentina will have a lot to prove after a disappointing qualification campaign as well and Jorge Sampaoli has a big job on his hands to get the talent that he has at his disposal gelling together. Brazil only play one way and that lack of a backup plan could hurt them. So it leaves Germany really as the best option to go through and win the tournament again, becoming just the third nation ever to do that (Italy 1934 and 1938, Brazil 1958-1962). Poland will be a good dark horse as they have a decent enough draw and Robert Lewandowski and the geographical situation will favour them.

6th December 2017 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting

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Russia v Spain Prediction & Betting Tips – International Friendly 14th November 2017

International Football Betting

Russia v Spain International Friendly, 14th November

How are the hosts to the 2018 World Cup shaping up? The lack of competitive matches is never a good thing and they have shown little this year that they are going to be any kind of a major force on home soil next summer. They go into this one on the back of a loss against Argentina, while Spain were out hammering Costa Rica. Not surprisingly the Spaniards go as 8/15 odds on favourites to win this game, with the draw at 3/1 and Russia at 5/1.

Russia v Spain Betting Tips

Russia aren’t exactly setting themselves up to be a nation to be feared at the World Cup next summer. They played out a 1-0 loss against Argentina on the weekend with Sergio Aguero netting a late winner of the visitors. Russia have won just one of their last five games now and in that sequence, there has been a draw with Iran and defeats against Mexico and Portugal as well Argentina. At the Confederations Cup in the summer they opened with a win over a battling New Zealand side before losing their other two group stage matches. There just doesn’t appear to be too much offensive output or quality anywhere from them, but they can keep the score down in this one and under 2.5 goals at bet365 returns a price of 4/5.

Spain and Russia were last together at the 2008 European Champions qualifiers and not too surprisingly, the Spaniards were dominant in both games there, winning 7-1 on aggregate. That extended their form to W4 D1 L0 from their five previous games against the Russians. Russia have failed to score in four of those five games against Spain and Spain to win to nil returns a price of 11/8 which looks good value. You can always go and look at both teams not to score at a price of 8/11 as well. Russia have posted a W2 D3 L4 record in their last nine games on home soil. It’s not looking good enough to topple the Spaniards. Especially with Spain running on a six match winning streak at the moment as well.

Spain last lost a match at the 2016 European Championships against Italy and since then it has been a W12 D3 record that they have recorded in all matches, both friendly and competitive. They smashed five goals past Costa Rica on the weekend with Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata on the scoreboard and he the 7/2 bet365 first goalscorer favourite for this friendly. Spain just look somewhere near back to their very best and the 1-0 Spain result in the bet365 correct score market has good appeal at a price of 5/1. The Spaniards haven’t conceded in any of their last four games and are likely to keep what is a low scoring Russia at bay. This will be their last action until they face up against Germany in March in a friendly. They can get there with a win in this one.

Who will win – Russia v Spain Predictions

Spain to win: There isn’t much there on offer from Russia, even on home soil and Spain can land themselves another win to wrap up the international break nicely. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them claim a win to nil as well.

13th November 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Russia v Germany Prediction & Betting Tips – Women’s Euro 2017 25th July 2017

International Football Betting

Russia v Germany Women’s Euro 2017, 25th July

The Germans only need to dig out a point in this one to put themselves through to the next round. They are locking horns with Sweden at the top of the group though. But they shouldn’t have too much trouble in getting past Russia who were beaten comfortably by the Swedes in the group. Russia have to win to get through as no other result will do. Germany are heavy odds on favourites at 1/12 for the win, with the draw at 8/1 and Russia at 16/1.

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Russia v Germany Betting Tips

Russia can still find a way through to the knockout stages of the tournament, but it would come as a big shock. It would mean them beating the outright favourites Germany in this final group stage match. After opening with a surprise win over Italy, the Russians fell 2-0 to Sweden in their second fixture. Only a win will get them through and if they do that and Sweden fail to win their final game, then Russia would actually top the group. All of that isn’t likely though and Russia are big underdogs here. Russia are no strangers to Germany because they were together in qualification and the Germans posted wins in both of those fixtures without the Russians getting on the scoresheet.

Germany to win to nil at Bet365 is a quote of 1/3 which shows you how well comfortable they are expected to be in this one. Germany’s two wins over Russia in qualification were a 4-0 and a 2-0 victory so if you split that down the middle then a Germany 3-0 correct score at bet365 is a price of 4/1. Germany have won all nine of their previous competitive games against the Russians and their 9-0 win over them back in September 2013 during the World Cup qualifiers remains to this day, Russia’s biggest margin of defeat.

Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 15/8. The most recent game between the two nations was in 2014 with Germany winning 4-1 in Moscow, again in World Cup qualifiers. So the head to head is massively in Germany’s favour. Overall from their 19 games including friendlies against Russia, Germany have gone W17 D2 L0 so you wouldn’t expect them to go down in this one. They have struggled a bit though in this tournament, as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Sweden in their opener before needing a penalty kick to see off Italy. Even though they only need a point in this one, it is likely that they will put a very convincing win on the board.

Who will win – Russia v Germany Predictions

Germany to win: It’s hasn’t been all plain sailing for Germany so far, as they have been tested. But they are likely to come out and produce a ruthless display in this one knowing that they can drive on for top spot potentially in the group. A Germany 2-0 correct score has to be some value in this one.

25th July 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Sweden v Russia Prediction & Betting Tips – Women’s Euro 2017 21st July 2017

International Football Betting

Sweden v Russia Women’s Euro 2017, 21st July

Sweden will have been a very happy bunch after their point against Germany in their opening fixture of the Women’s Euro 2017. That was a point well earned against the toughest side in Group B. So now here is a good chance for them to push on and take a step towards qualification. With Russia having sprung a surprise on Italy in their opener, the Swedes cannot afford to miss out on a win in this one. Sweden are 2/11 to take the win, with the draw at 13/2 and Russia are out at 9/1 to take the victory.

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Sweden v Russia Betting Tips

An interesting set up for this one. Sweden played out a good 0-0 draw with favourites Germany on Monday so they have something on the board. But with Russia beating Italy, the pressure is on the Swedes, even more, to come out and win this one. The previous head to head between the two is good enough to suggest that they can do it though because they have won all three of their previous Euros meetings against Russia, which was in 1997, 2001 and 2009. Back in March of this year, these two met at the Algarve Cup and Sweden won that 4-0. They should be strong enough at the back to hold out and Sweden to win to nil at bet365 is a price of 1/2 which is going to be running with some decent appeal really. Given that two of their three previous wins over Russia at the final have been with a clean sheet, there is value there.

So Russia sprang a surprise over Italy in their opener, taking an underdog win against a side they hadn’t beaten before. So that puts them in a position of power somewhat and they wouldn’t be unhappy with a point, but a win here would propel them through. So big incentive for them to produce a big game. But along with that Algarve Cup defeat against Sweden, overall they have played Sweden five times (including friendlies) and have lost each of them. The best that they can probably do in his one is play for a draw and under 2.5 goals in the match at bet365 returns a price of 8/11. That would still give them something to fight for. In the bet365 correct score market though, a Sweden 2-0 win is the shortest priced option at 15/4 with the 1-0 for them at 5/1.

Who will win – Sweden v Russia Predictions

Sweden to win: The Swedes have the experience and should be able to drive through for the win that they need in this one to put themselves in a strong position. Their great opening point against tournament favourites Germany will drive them on. Sweden to win to nil is value.

20th July 2017 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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