Russia vs Saudi Arabia predictions and betting tips for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The whole world will be watching on Thursday 14th June, but will the hosts get three points?
The first match of the 2018 World Cup is hardly a fixture to set the pulses racing, but nevertheless the tournament kick off will be enough to turn the heads of football fans across the world. Hosts Russia face a very winnable tie against Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium in World Cup Group A. It will be key to how Russia do at the tournament this match, but hosts of major tournaments don’t always have it their own way so Russia need to be on their toes here. See our predictions and betting tips below.
Russia are massive favourites to win the match at odds of 4/9, the draw is 417/5 and Saudi Arabia are 9/1 to shock the world and spoil the opening night party. Saudi Arabia are actually ranked one place higher than Russia in the current FIFA World Rankings, but they face the enviable task of kicking off their World Cup Group A campaign in the lions den, at home to the hosts. In the correct score odds, Russia to win 1-0 is favourite at a very short 9/2 with Unibet. A 2-0 victory is priced at 5/1 with Betfair and 2-1 is 9/1 with Bet Victor. If you think the hosts won’t get the three points then the 0-0 draw is 8/1 or 1-1 is the same odds. The shock Saudi Arabia 1-0 victory can be backed at odds of 14/1 or a 2-1 win is a massive 30/1.
This really could be a tight affair. There is not a chance I would be starting off our World Cup 2018 betting tips by predicting a Russia win at 4/9. The teams are ranked 63rd and 64th in the world and the pressure of hosting a tournament gets to even the best teams – remember France in Euro 2016? Last summer Russia hosted the Confederations Cup and the hosts beat New Zealand 2-0 before losing to Portugal and Mexico. They’ve had some decent friendly results since then, beating South Korea 4-2 and drawing with Spain.
For my Russia vs Saudi Arabia predictions at the World Cup, the first bet I am predicting is under 1.5 goals. This means if there are no goals or just one goal, our bet is a winning one. The odds for this are 2/1 at William Hill. Both sides will not want to lose this match and that’s why I’m predicting a low scoring game. Use the William Hill sign-up offer below and a £10 bet on under 1.5 goals will win you £30 in cash – plus you’ll get three free £10 bets added to your new account.
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If you want to have a correct score bet in this World Cup Group A opener, then there is nothing to put you off backing a 0-0 draw. It is bound to be a cagey affair with the Russians understandably nervous about letting their country down at the first stage. This is the easiest match of their fixtures on paper so they will be under pressure to get a win. Saudi Arabia will be delighted with a draw and we’re predicting they’ll get one. The odds for the 0-0 score are 8/1 at Paddy Power and that’s the second of our Russia vs Saudi Arabia predictions for this first World Cup 2018 fixture. Bet £20 using the Paddy Power offer below and if your bet loses, you’ll get a £20 refund, paid to you in CASH.
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