The 2018 World Cup kicks off when hosts, Russia, face minnows Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 4pm. We’re going to have a look at some Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Betting in this preview.
Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Betting odds
Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Betting Preview
Russia have been a team in decline over the last few years having dropped 46 places from 2016 to their current rank of 70. If it were not for hosting the World Cup we don’t think the Russians would have qualified. Their recent form has also been of concern as they failed to win any of their last 6 warm up matches. Granted those matches were against most of the tournament favourites but never the less they failed to impress. The Russians will have the home ground advantage as well as what will be a partisan crowd for the opener. Since 1998 no host nation has ever lost the opening match so the pressure will be on the Russians to perform.
Saudi Arabia are currently ranked world 67, only 3 places above their opponents. Yet they find themselves as massive underdogs. The Saudis have been in decent form. managing wins against Greece and Algeria but haven’t managed to beat a decent side in ages as most of their matches are played against weak Middle east / Asian opponents. The Saudis will likely struggle against Russia as the Russians are a lot more experienced, have more quality and have the home field advantage. Were this match to be played on a neutral ground Saudi might have a chance but for the opener they are in trouble.
Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Betting Tips
While the rankings are close, the sides are in reality quite a distance apart in quality. Russia are the superior side in all aspects, even though their form has been fleeting. The Russians will be under a great deal of pressure for a result and they should rise to the occassion. The 2/5 on offer for a Russia win is a little short as we’d have it closer to 3/5. With that in mind we’re going to be diving into some exotics for this match. Smolov has scored 4 goals in his last 5 appearances for Russia and he’s 8/10 to score anytime against Saudi. We’re backing Smolov anytime goal scorer at 8/10.
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