Russia World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

24th April 2018 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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As hosts, there is going to be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Russia at the World Cup in the summer. However, if their form is anything to go by over the last couple of years, they may well leave the home support pretty disappointed. Russia are determined to put on a show but a lack of quality suggests that that could be a tough thing for them to produce.

How Russia qualified

As hosts, Russia automatically got their spot at the World Cup.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage

So no qualification matches for them and you have to wonder if that is going to be a problem for Russia down the line. With no competitive matches under their belt, it can take an edge off and it’s not as if Russia have a great one as it is. So what lies ahead for Russia in the summer? As hosts, there were assigned A1 in the draw which means that they were in Group A and wouldn’t draw any of the other top seeds. They still have a tough competition ahead of them in the group stage though as they face Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.

It is clearly the latter two which are going to be the biggest problem for Russia. The Russians at least get the chance to open with a win as they take on rank outsiders Saudi Arabia in their opener on June 14th, which is the curtain raiser for the entire tournament. That one is being hosted at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where the 2018 World Cup Final will be held as well. The Russians are 4/11 odds on favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) to win that one. If they fail to get three points there, then they may as well pack their bags (metaphorically).

Things get difficult for Russia on June 19th when they face Egypt and the marauding threat of Liverpool’s Mo Salah. It’s not as if Egypt look like World beaters but they play with energy and commitment the likes of which Russia seem to be lacking. It would not be a huge surprise if the African nation were able to prevent the host nation from taking a win in that match. But then Russia would have to go up against Uruguay in their final match and they may not get too much change out of the South Americans. So it’s going to be massively important for Russia to get as positive of a start as possible under their belt.

Russia are actually the 6/4 second favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) to win the group (behind favourites Uruguay) and they are also the second favourites to qualify as well. But there’s not an easy group journey ahead for them, certainly not based off of their form over the last year or so, where they have struggled to get any real quality or performances going.

2018 World Cup Odds*

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018)

Russia World Cup History

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s first entry into a World Cup was in 1994 when they failed to get out of the group stage with a W1 L2 record from their three games played. They made it back to the World stage eight years later and the same fate awaited them, bowing out of the group stage with a W1 L2 record again. Then they missed the next couple of World Cup tournament before appearing four years ago in Brazil.

One again for the third time they couldn’t make it past the group stage of the competition, but they bowed out with a worse record of just two points having been picked up. So that leaves them with a W2 D2 L5 record from their three previous World Cup appearances as Russia. So it is not a rich history that they have. Will their woes continue this summer on home soil?

Russia Predictions

Russia may be in trouble in this one. Their form throughout the last year or so just hasn’t been anything recognizable enough to suggest that they are going to be comfortable against Egypt or Uruguay in their group. If they manage to get out it would be a tight thing and there is a temptation at the 5/2 price at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) on Russia taking another group stage tumble. They don’t exude confidence and quality.

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