Can Russia kick off their Confederations Cup with a victory? They’ve been handed a straightforward start, as they host the worst side at the tournament. Can they see off New Zealand with a win, or will their recent struggles continue?
Russia vs New Zealand Predictions
Taking just two wins from seven isn’t how Russia would have wanted to come in to this tournament, as they look to make an impression at the World Cup next summer. With no qualifying campaign to play, this is the only competitive football bridging Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup for the hosts.
Russia’s campaign gets off to an easy start, they’ve got a poor New Zealand side to face, one who probably won’t even make it to the World Cup next year. Defeats to Northern Ireland and Belarus without scoring must be worrying for New Zealand, and we can’t see them making much of an impact here. A win to nil for the hosts is our first Russia vs New Zealand tip, which is priced at 20/21 with Bet365.
The Russians may be in patchy form, but they’ve been scoring pretty regularly. They returned to international action with a 3-0 win over Hungary at the start of June, and they managed a 3-3 draw with Belgium in March. Meanwhile, New Zealand aren’t blessed with talent at the back, and they’ve conceded 18 times in their last six Confederations Cup games. That makes over 2.5 goals for the hosts our second Russia vs New Zealand prediction, and it looks well priced at 13/8 with BetFred.
Both sides are expected to start off with a back three in this clash, although New Zealand are struggling slightly with the lack of depth in their squad.
Head to Head Stats
These two sides have shared no recent encounters.
Russia vs New Zealand Betting Odds
This isn’t a game which has too many markets worth betting on, but we feel like we’ve found two good value bets here. If you want to combine those two, we are backing a 3-0 win for Russia to kick start this tournament. That is our final Russia vs New Zealand betting tip, and it seems like a great value bet at 15/2 with William Hill.
Russia vs New Zealand Betting Tips
Russia to win to nil – 20/21 with Bet365
Over 2.5 Russia goals – 13/8 with BetFred
Russia vs New Zealand Correct Score Tips
Russia to win 3-0 – 15/2 with William Hill