Russia Vs Saudi Arabia – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
The World Cup kicks off this Thursday with the host country, Russia, facing off against Saudi Arabia in Group A. It’s the only game on the first day of the tournament before group stage action begins in full swing, starting Friday. The match will begin at 11: AM EST time. Our odds below are from SportsBetting.ag. They’re an excellent spot to bet the World Cup. New users will get a 50% Bonus up to $1,000 on their first deposit. Existing users will also be eligible for a reload bonus of the same amount for the World Cup.
Russia Vs Saudi Arabia Predictions
The host nation has not played well in recent months, having failed to have won a match in their last seven attempts since beating Korea in October of last year. Saudi Arabia has played quality soccer, either. They have lost three straight games but did show some sparks in a 2-1 international friendly to Germany last week.
Russia is an overwhelming favorite in this one to win outright at -233 with a Saudi victory coming at +800 and a draw at +300. On the Asian handicap, the Russians are a better deal at +107 with Saudi Arabia at -127.
Russia (-1 ½ ) Vs Saudi Arabia (+1 ½ ) Betting Odds
While many probably think a European team in their host country may run away with this one – there should be some pause given to that prediction. Russia has certainly not played good soccer in recent months. They’re currently 70th in the world according to FIFA ranking. Yes, home field or home-country advantage is worth something, but I am not sure that makes for the lack of talent for Russia.
On the other hand, we have Saudi Arabia, who hasn’t played much better soccer but has an advantage in a hungry manager, in Juan Antonio Pizzi. And again, not that FIFA rankings are gospel, but they are also three spots ahead of Russia at 67th in the world. A 2-1 result against Germany in a friendly is certainly enough for me to back this team +1, +1 ½ goals. Depending on betting action, this price may get better as we get closer to kickoff.