Russia vs Saudi Arabia Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
It finally begins! Thursday gives us great opportunity to enjoy football match between World Cup host, Russia and Saudi Arabia. This game is also good candidate to put our bets and earn some cash. These two teams played only one friendly match in 1993 and Saudi Arabia won it 4:2. Current odds on Russia winning game are really low but the situation is not as simple as it looks at first glance.
Russia is host in World Cup that is about to come. As such they skipped qualifiers. One thing is certain; Russia would have serious trouble to qualify for final tournament. They are far from glory days although they are still able to surprise from time to time. After dissolution of Soviet Union, Russia played in only three final tournaments and they recorded mediocre two wins, two draws and five defeats. They also never passed group stage. In last four friendly matches they scored only three times and as result they lost three of those four games. First opponent have good results recently and if not for home ground Russia would hardly be considered favorite. Main goal for Russians will be not to lose opening game so we may expect somewhat defensive approach to the game.
Saudi Arabia is one of four Asian countries that earned their ticket to World Cup 2018. They finished in second place in group B two points behind Japan. Australia also had nineteen points in the end but because of better goal difference Saudi Arabia went directly through. After qualifiers, Green Falcons played series of friendlies and they recorded good results there. Interesting fact is that most of their away matches they lost while on the home ground they play well. Before the beginning, Saudi Arabia played two more strong matches in Switzerland and opponents were Italy and Germany. The Green Falcons lost those matches but they weren’t humiliated. Their football experts think that climate in Swiss Confederation is quite similar to weather in Russia and since Saudi Arabia is famous for hot and dry weather, period of acclimatization is necessary. Opening matches tend to have small amount of goals and teams that are about to play are not among the most efficient ones.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov: “We have not achieved anything with four at the back. Moreover, almost half of Russian Premier League teams are playing with three defenders. So we want to be flexible.”
Juan Antonio Pizzi, coach of Saudi Arabia, says: “Fortunately, the players here are very malleable and have adapted to what we want from them. They know what to expect in Russia and know what we expect of them, so we are ready to perform to our best abilities. We are looking forward to the World Cup without fear.”
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||26||/|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||39||/|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||7||10|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||5||6|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||3||2|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||3||0|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||5||4|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||6||4|
Russia do not have missing players for the opening game. All 23 players are fully fit and ready to play.
On the other side Saudi Arabia also do not have big injury concerns before the match against Russia. All players are highly motivated to make surprise on the start of this big tournament.
Possible starting lineups
Russia: Akinfeev; Zhirkov, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Mario Fernandes; Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Golovin, Dzagoev, Samedov; Smolov
Saudi Arabia: Al-Mayouf; Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani; Al-Faraj, Al-Khaibri – Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Jassim; Mohammad Al-Sahlawi
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Prediction
The opening game on the World Cup 2018 brings us a lot of betting opportunity and you shouldn’t miss to bet on. Russia are hosts of the biggest football tournament, but they will now have an easy job against Saudi Arabia. Russia are ranked 70th in the FIFA World Rankings, and they are the lowest ranked team at the World Cup. On the other side Saudi Arabia are ranked three spots ahead of them and we will enjoy in a true football fight at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russia has endured five-match winless streak since beating South Korea in October 2017 and if want to pick up all three points then have to play aggressive from the first minute. All players know that and they will do their best to beat Saudi Arabia. Key for Russia will be to contain the pressure of having to win the match, while Saudi Arabia will try to score after fast counterattacks and long-balls. Russia’s defence is much slower and they will have problems to finish this game without conceding. Russia have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Russia vs Saudi Arabia Prediction: Russia to win. We expect from the hosts to score exactly one goal more, but also expect from Saudi Arabia to score. Our second betting pick for the opening game is Both teams to score. It will be a tough game, but Russia will make more scoring chances, especially after corners. So our risky bet for the match is Correct score 2-1.
These two teams will play strong and aggressive in midfield and we will see more then five yellows. Also Russia will make at least three corners more then Saudi Arabia, but you can try with bet Over 6.5 corners for Russia. If you want to bet on goalscorer then can try with risky bet on Fedor Smolov to score. Enjoy in great football match Russia vs. Saudi Arabia and try to earn money with our football prediction and betting tips. Have a nice betting day and good luck in placing bet on World Cup 2018.