Online Soccer Betting Heads to Russia
Posted by: Mike Davis
The rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, is here giving online soccer betting fans a glimpse of what they can expect the following year, when the chips are truly on the table. Brazil enters this year’s tournament as the reigning champion, after their brilliant 3-0 defeat of Spain in last year’s final. With that title, the South American country earned their 4th FIFA Confederations Cup, setting another record for Brazil.
This weekend, sports betting sites will turn their attention to Russia, where the 2018 World Cup rehearsal will be held. The motherland will be welcoming 8 representatives from around the globe: the champions from six continents, in addition to reigning world champions Germany and of course the host nation of Russia.
New Zealand’s team has the longest voyage to compete at this year’s Cup, traversing a total of 16,000 km. As fate would have it, New Zealand will have to face off with Russia first. Luckily enough for the Kiwis, they won’t have to invade Russia during the winter. Let’s see what the soccer sports odds are predicting for this weekend’s matchup.
FIFA Confederations Cup – Group Stage – Russia vs. New Zealand
When: Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 am ET
Where: Stadion Krestovskyi
Series: Game 1
TV: ITV/ITV 4 (UK), FS1/FS2 (US)
Stream: ITV Player (UK), Fox Soccer 2Go (US)
Soccer Sports Odds:
Russia +1 ½ (-110) 2 ½ (-109) +1100
New Zealand -1 ½ (-105) 2 ½ (-106) -323
Russia/New Zealand Draw +469
Russia was thrust into Group A, pairing them against online soccer betting favorites like Portugal and Mexico. Essentially, this makes Saturday’s game a must-win for the Sbornaya. The Russians are looking to put last summer’s pitiful performance at the European Championship behind them, and two decent friendly results – 3-0 over Hungary and a 1-1 draw with Chile – have raised Stanislav Cherchesov’s hopes that his team can make a serious push at this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup. Nevertheless, it’s been a little over 8 months since Russia suffered back-to-back losses against Costa Rica and Qatar.
Cherchesov will have the likes of Artem Dzyuba, Alan Dzagoev, and Roman Zobnin at his disposal. All of Russia’s players play professionally within the country, with Fedor Smolov arguably being their biggest star. The Krasnodar striker has raised the interest of non-Russian clubs, and even Cherchesov has hinted that the star will likely depart from the Russian Football Premier League this summer.
The online soccer betting odds like New Zealand in this contest by a decisive margin. The Kiwis are a solidly built team, with a good enough manager as any team in this tournament. Englishman Anthony Hudson has a good background in the Premier League, making him a premier head coach candidate for any national team.
The All-Whites suffered a nasty 2-1 loss to Mexico in October but bounced back with a nice 1-1 draw with the US. New Zealand is hoping for a strong performance in this year’s Cup and Russia represents the easiest challenge they’ll face