Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: World Cup Betting Odds for the Opening Match

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia World Cup Opening Match betting preview

World Cup betting takes off this Thursday and online sportsbook players could not be more thrilled. Since the tournament only rolls around every 4 years, there’s no question the entire world is awaiting impatiently to see who the best on the planet truly are. The first matchup of the tournament will pin host Russia against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Let’s check on the 2 team parlay odds to see what kind of turnout they’re predicting for this Russia vs. Saudi Arabia matchup.

2018 World Cup – Russia vs. Saudi Arabia – Thursday, June 14th    

When: 11:00 am ET

Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

World Cup Betting Odds:

Russia -1½ (+109) 2½ (-151) -226
Saudi Arabia +1 (+121) 2½ (+136) +907
Russia/Saudi Arabia Draw +342
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Considering that they’ll be facing one of the lowest-favored teams in this year’s draw, in front of their entire country, anything other than a triumphant win would be disappointing for the host nation. Although the Sauds are pegged as massive underdogs in this matchup, Russia’s money line odds aren’t all that lopsided. This isn’t all that shocking since Russia has had a poor lead up to this year’s World Cup. Being the host country, Russia did not have to qualify. However, three of their 4 matches this year have ended in loss. Dmitri Kombarov and Viktor Vasin will both be out of this matchup with injury, so Russia might have some defensive issues in this one.

Players to Watch: Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Kokorin (Zenit St. Petersburg), and Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Saudi Arabia

The Saudis have gotten plenty of practice leading up to the 2018 World Cup. In fact, they’ve played a whopping 9 matches so far in 21018. Nevertheless, they’re entering fresh off of 3 friendly defeats. All in all this marks the country’s 4th draw into the World Cup. Despite being the lowest-ranked country to make the tournament, Saudi Arabia is hopeful they can make a splash. Unfortunately for the Sauds, they’ll be without their top scorer Nawaf Al-Abed who is out with injury.

Players to Watch: Abdulla Al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab), Fahad Al-Muwall (Al-Ittihdad), and Yahya Al-Shehri (Al Nassr).

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia || World Cup Betting Predictions


  • Russia is 0-4-2 SU in their last 6 games
  • Russia has scored 5 goals in their last 6 games
  • The Russians have allowed 12 goals in their last 6 games
  • Saudi Arabia is 2-4-0 SU in their 6 games
  • Saudi Arabia has scored 6 goals in their 6 games
  • The Saudi Arabians have given up 11 goals in their 6 games
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia || World Cup Betting Picks

So which side should online sportsbook bettors favor in this Russia vs. Saudi Arabia World Cup matchup? Ultimately it’s best to stick with Russia here. They’ll be playing at home and should be well-rested. The money line is a decent option for bettors looking to back Russia. However, the UNDER on the TOTALS offers the best action.  Sign up today to make your World Cup opening match prediction!

Score Prediction: 1-0 Russia.