Russia World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction


It is a big occasion for the Russians as they take centre stage on home soil. They can look at the group they have been drawn in with a bit of confidence, however, from an outside perspective, there has to be genuine concerns about their lack of form and a real threat of them falling flat and not being able to get out of the group stage.

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)


Russia Group Stage

Russia gets to open the 2018 World Cup in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on June 14th as they face Saudi Arabia. That will be their easiest match of the group stage so they have to deliver there or else getting out of this group is not going to be easy at all. They will get difficult games against Egypt and Uruguay in their remaining two matches and despite them running as second favourites to win the group behind Uruguay, Russia’s poor form suggests that they may not even get out of the group stage.

Russi have been a side in decline for some time now and their results in friendlies for the last two years and in last year’s Confederations Cup even, show that. They don’t exactly have a great track record at World Cups either failing on each of these three previous visits (not counting as the USSR) to get out of the group stage. The bulk of their squad are home-based players and aside from Alan Dzagoev and perhaps Fyodor Smolov, there is little in the way of world class players there.

Russia Stage of Elimination Odds

Russia are priced up at an odds-on price of 4/11 with bet365 To Qualify* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) from the group and are 5/4 second-favourites* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) behind Uruguay. However, they are looking pretty unconvincing and a 5/2 flutter* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) on a Group Stage exit at bet365 may have some appeal

World Cup Record

As the USSR the Soviet Union were fairly regular attendees of the World Cup. Their debut was in 1958 and they made it to four straight World Cups, their best effort coming fourth in England 1966. After missing the 1974 and 1974 editions, they returned at Spain 1982 without any great effect really. They held a P31 W15 D6 L10 record in the World Cup as the USSR.

As Russia they first went to the USA ‘94 and fell in the group stage, losing two of their three games there. They were back for another crack in 2002 but the same fate awaited them as they also went home in the group stage with a W1 D0 L2 record, the same as in 1994. After a break, they were last seen at Brazil 2014 where they fared even worse, going home with just the two points from the group stage campaign. It leaves them with a W2 D2 L5 record from their last nine World Cup matches.

Russia Prediction

They are not a force to reckoned with on the pitch at all. Their quality is not there and went home from the Confederations Cup with a W1 L2 record last summer, their only success coming against New Zealand, losing against Portugal and Mexico. If they get through their group it will be because Egypt failed to perform against them, but you can see the African side being up for the challenge. A devastating first-round exit could be on the cards for the hosts.


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