Russia vs Saudi Arabia
The opening match of the 2018 World Cup
Russia against Saudi Arabia. Everyone underestimates Russian team and don't give them much chance for success on this tournament. I am not the exception either, I think too that Russia won't go too far. But IMO no doubt they will qualify for next stage together with Uruguay. That's one of my bets in this Group A, Russia and Uruguay to qualify @odds 1.72. Who is braver could try @odds 3.00 with Uruguay 1st, Russia 2nd in group A.
That being said, Russia really need to start with a win if want to qualify. Saudi Arabia is the weakest side of this group, probably one of weakest on the tournament.
So, although I don't have much faith in Russian team, I expect them to beat this opponent. This is more a bet against Saudi Arabia than a bet on Russia.
No matter of poor form during the preparation period, Russia is the way better side from Saudi Arabia. And with home ground advantage, I think Russia will start the competition with three points.
But given its opening match, probably won't be too easy. Russia didn't convince me they are a team who easily scores. This could be one of classics when Russians play with way weaker opponent, 1:0 and probably with a scoreless draw at halftime.
I'll try with X in European Handicap with initial 0:1, meaning Russia to win with exactly one goal difference.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia prediction
|X European Handicap 0:1||Bet365||3.50||5||5-0 LOST (-5 units)|