Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction
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Saudi Arabia will be heading to the World Cup in Russia as the lowest ranked side in the entire competition, based on the FIFA World Rankings. So they are the big outsiders, but they will be standing centre stage when the tournament opens on June 14th, as they will facing up to host nation Russia.
How they qualified
Saudi Arabia came through the AFC Qualification zone and it was really their home form which got them over the line. They finished second in their group to Japan, and just about holding off Australia on goal difference only to get that second place to put them automatically through to the World Cup. Saudi Arabia traded home wins with group winners Japan, while they collected just the one point from a home draw against Australia, losing away to them. Saudi Arabia actually lost their three toughest away games in the group, only succeeding out on the road against Iraq and Thailand.
Overall their 2017 year saw them post a W7 D2 L6 record and they did get to pit themselves against better quality opposition than what they faced in the World cup qualifiers. They lost friendlies against Portugal, Ghana and Bulgaria last year for example.
Really their draw for the world cup 2018 could have been a lot worse. They were the lowest seeds of all 32 teams for the World Cup draw and they landed themselves in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Egypt and Uruguay. Saudi Arabia opens the tournament against the Russians at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
That’s actually not a bad game for them to open with because they have nothing to lose. The hosts will be favourites, but Russia didn’t have a very impressive 2017 at all even in easier friendlies and they strung together a poor showing at the Confederation Cup in the summer as well. Saudi Arabia will probably show up and do everything they can to grind a point out of that and then try and take their chances against Egypt in their last match.
The toughest game they will face is against Uruguay and it will be hard for them to keep the attack of the South American nation quiet. Four points out of the group would be a huge success, two would leave them going home with their heads held high. Their superstar is striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi who has 28 goals in 34 appearances (at the time of writing) for his country. They do boast players who play abroad, mostly in Spain actually at the likes of Leganes, Levante and Villarreal.
June 14th – Russia v Saudi Arabia
June 20th – Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
June 25th – Saudi Arabia v Egypt
World Cup Odds*
Germany 9/2, Brazil 9/2, France 6/1, Spain 15/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 25/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 33/1, Poland 40/1, 80/1 bar* (betting odds taken on March 19th, 2018 at 10:24 p.m.)
World Cup History
Saudi Arabia are back at the World Cup having missed the last two editions and it will be their fifth appearances in the Finals in their history. They made their debut at USA ‘94 and made it through to Round of Sixteen, winning two of their group games against Morocco and Belgium. The went to the next three consecutive World Cups, never getting past the Group Stage, failing to win a single game in any of those campaigns.
It is always immensely hard for low ranking teams to get anything out of a World Cup campaign. Saudi Arabia have turned out two wins in thirteen World Cup games. If they could grind out a point against Russia in that opener that would be huge for them, but other than potentially seeing them do the same against Egypt a win in this tournament will likely evade them.Place your World Cup Bet at Bet365!
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