Russian Federation invites Saudi Arabia for the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Can Russia attack with ease or just going to reveal the same weak weapons as in friendlies? Will Saudi Arabia religion affect the footballers' performance due to Ramadan restrictions? There are just moments before kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow, Russia). Our prediction to show you the future.
Russia versus Saudi Arabia. Predictions, forecasts, betting tips, statistics and odds
|2018 World Cup Group A Matchday 1
GMT 16:00 on June 14
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|Russia and Saudi Arabia - recent results|
|05/06/2018 Russia - Turkey 1:1||08/06/2018 Germany - Saudi Arabia 2:1|
|30/05/2018 Austria - Russia 1:0||03/06/2018 Saudi Arabia - Peru 0:3|
|27/03/2018 Russia - France 1:3||28/05/2018 Italy - Saudi Arabia 2:1|
|23/03/2018 Russia - Brazil 0:3||15/05/2018 Saudi Arabia - Greece 2:0|
|14/11/2017 Russia - Spain 3:3||09/05/2018 Saudi Arabia - Algeria 2:0|
|Russia versus Saudi Arabia head to head statistics|
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Analysis and Reasons for Russia vs Saudi Arabia Betting Forecast
Despite decent Saudi Arabia's results in latest friendlies, Russia shouldn't overestimate their importance. The Middle East's outfit shown numerous weaknesses at the back. The hosts need just to keep calm and achieve a good finishing in Moscow for a positive start.
Russia: Latest Info, Team News and Lineup
Being toothless in recent friendlies, Russia, with respect to Saudi Arabia, just have to compensate all its troubles on the latter. Stanislav Cherchesov still seems to be unsure about how his team should play and which particular formation and lineup are to choose. The Bears are not the worst footballers ever. Definitely, the Saudis are weaker individually.
Russia was freed from the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications as the host nation, while Saudi Arabia was busy on them. Instead, the USSR heirs prepared in numerous friendly matches. Their results always were far from convincing. And injuries of Viktor Vasin, Georgi Dzhikiya, Aleksandr Kokorin just added an extra headache as they had occupied the most problematic positions in central defensive and offensive lines.
Maybe against Saudi Arabia it yet wouldn't affect much as Russia still enjoy a nice selection in midfield. The Russian young star Aleksandr Golovin is even rumored to have negotiations with Juventus!
Saudi Arabia: Fresh Info, Team News and Lineup
Definitely, both Italian and German sides treated Saudi Arabia indulgently in their corresponding test matches, both finished with honorable narrow 1:2 defeats of the Muslims. In a competitive game, nobody would allow the Juan Antonio Pizzi men so much freedom with the ball and wouldn't so merciful in front of The Green Falcons' goal. Neither will do Russia for sure.
It wasn't so easy for the Arab nation even in the World Cup qualification campaign. They put it on a big risk when losing 2:3 to Australia and 1:2 to the United Arab Emirates prior to the final decisive match against Japan in the AFC Group B. Luckily, the Samurai Blue had their pass to Russia already sealed to the moment that allowed the King Salman's subjects to get all they needed (1:0) in Jeddah thanks to a shot of Fahad Mosaed Al-Muwallad.
After that, they changed their coach. Bert van Marwijk was replaced by Juan Antonio Pizzi who will command the Saudi Arabia side inside Russian stadiums.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Accurate Prediction
Outcome Forecast: Russians to win
Correct Score Prediction: 3:1
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Betting Tips
A dominance of Russia over Saudi Arabia seems inevitable in our forecasts. At the native soil, in front of 81,000 loyal roaring fans, they just have no choice other than to push forward and to score as much as possible against such a leaky defense. Bookmakers' odds offer a nice opportunity to bet on teams goals. Our betting tip - Russia to score over 1.5/2 (Asian total goals). Bet it @2.04 with Pinnacle
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