Place: Russia. Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium.
Date: on the 14th of June, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group stage, 1st round
Stanislav Cherchesov’s team is the host at the World Cup 2018. This fact is both a trump of the Russian national team and its weakness. Big pressure is put upon the team. If Russia doesn’t win over weak team, then it will be a real disaster. The team has been getting ready to the tournament by means of test matches in which it is difficult to experience the “heat” of the games on the tournament of such level. Stanislav Cherchesov as the head coach doesn’t impress either. Generally speaking, both the experts and the fans have now a lot of questions and football players and coaching staff of Russian national team will answer them directly during the World Cup. During the training process, Russia has taken part in FIFA Confederations Cup where it has failed the group stage. The team also played against many top national teams, having given way in test matches to France (1:3), Brazil (0:3), Argentina (0:1) and even to Côte d’Ivoire, Qatar and Costa Rica. In order to be positive we should mention draw outcomes in matches with Spain (3:3) and Belgium (3:3) and also victories over Ghana and Hungary. As to the rest Cherchesov and his team should do the great work in order to achieve all tournament goals.
Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team has managed to take the second place in the final stage of qualification stage in Asian qualification cycle at World Cup 2018, having lost only to Japan. Saudi Arabia on World championships always was among the weakest teams but in 1994 Saudi Arabia has managed to get into the 1/8 finals but this team hasn’t managed to pass qualification stage during two last World championships. Under the leadership of the Spanish coach, Saudi Arabia has begun to demonstrate nice football with tough actions in defense and quite good efficiency in the attack. In friendly matches Saudi Arabia has managed to overcome Algeria (2:0) and Greece (2:0), having confirmed the high ambitions before the World championship.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Russia vs Saudi Arabia
Bookmakers propose the coefficient 1.35 on the victory of Russia, on draw – 5.05, and on victory of Saudi Arabia – 14.00. The odds demonstrate huge advantage of Russia in this match. The home team is simply obliged to start with the victory as during the next matches of the group stage Cherchesov’s team will experience more difficulties (Uruguay, Egypt).
Also, bookmakers offer the betting line on totals where total over 2.5 is estimated at 2.30, and total under 2.5 at 1.74.
Saudi Arabia is very uncompromising team with the experienced coach at the head of it. Russia will be nervous, of course. And will hardly be able to control the match for 90 minutes. Russia has to win and here from the point of view of betting, the best choice will be the victory of Saudi Arabia (+1.5).