Russia v Saudi Arabia
Russia v Saudi Arabia Odds
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The highly anticipated opening game of this years World Cup sees hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at The Luzhniki Stadium on the 14th of June...
These teams have only ever played against each other on one occasion, back in October 1993 when Saudi Arabia beat Russia 4-2 in an international friendly.
This may not be the exciting opening game we would love to see in the World Cup, however sportsbooks offer Russia as the favourites to win.
Russia automatically qualified for this years World Cup as hosts of the competition, and as such they have been seeded as one of the top teams.
Cherchesov’s men have struggled to achieve any significant international success since the 1960s, and have lost the majority of their friendly games in the lead up to the World Cup, suffering defeats against France, Brazil and Argentina.
Luckily for Russia, they haven’t been drawn in the toughest group in the World Cup, but it’s difficult to see how they can achieve any major success in the competition.
The hosts don’t have the strongest squad, and very few of their players have made it outside the Russian Premier League and they will struggle against some of the stronger teams.
In saying that, Saudi Arabia are the least favourite in the competition, and sportsbooks expect that Russia could easily beat them on the day!
Saudi Arabia are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 2006, and come into the competition as one of the major underdogs.
Although Russia aren't the toughest competitor they could face in their opening game, it may just be too big of an ask for Pizzi’s men to be victorious against the host country.
Saudi Arabia had a good qualifying run in the competition, however they haven’t done so well in their friendly games under new manager Pizzi, losing against Belgium and Iraq and only holding the Ukraine to a draw.
There will be a lot of pressure on striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, who scored 26 times in 33 international games, and has been sharpening his skills by training with Manchester United for 3 weeks in the lead up to the World Cup.
They may have beaten Russia in the past, but that was a long time ago with a very different team, and sportsbooks have them as underdogs for the opening game of the World Cup.