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Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: 2018 World Cup Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia Odds and predictions - Worl Cup 2018

The 2018 World Cup is right around the corner. Naturally, online soccer betting players have begun to size up this year’s schedule, in order to determine which the best matchups to wager on are. One pairing worth mulching over is the World Cup’s opening day matchup, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia. What kind of matchup is the sports parlay odds predicting for this year’s opening matchup?

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

When: 10:00 pm ET

Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Online Soccer Betting Odds:

Russia -1½ (+108) 2½ (-151) -295
Saudi Arabia +1½ (-123) 2½ (+131) +1250
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Russia/Saudi Arabia Draw +385


While the Russia vs. Saudi Arabia might not be as thrilling as some of the other pairings on the 2018 World Cup schedule, it is still the matchup that will kick off this year’s action. Understandably, the Russians have opened as massive online soccer betting favorites. Although neither side has had much success on the pitch lately, the Russians at the very least get home field advantage. This is especially true for Russia, since the entire tournament will be taking place in their country. Surprisingly, Russia is actually ranked beneath Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, it seems that the odds think Russia’s home court will be too much for the Sauds to overcome.

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

Saudi Arabia

In four trips to the World Cup, Saudi Arabia has scrapped together just two wins. That’s not very impressive, to say the least. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia made it all the way to the Round of 16 back in 1994 with their wins over Morocco and Belgium. While that would make it seem like the country has some hope, that’s not necessarily the case. Since Saudi Arabia has been outscored 19-2 in their last 6 matches, it’s safe to say that they’re often outclassed. As for this opening matchup, it’s probably much safer to side with the Russians.

Players to Watch: Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Hilal), Fahad Al-Muwall (Al-Ittihdad) and Yahya Al-Shehri (Al Nassr).

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia Betting Predictions


  • Russia is 1-3-2 in their last 6 matchups
  • Russia has scored 9 goals in their last 6 matchups
  • The Russians have allowed 13 goals in their last 6 matchups
  • Saudi Arabia is 1-4-1 in their last 6 matchups
  • Saudi Arabia has scored 5 goals in their last 6 matchups
  • The Saudi Arabians have allowed 13 goals in their last 6 matchups
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia Picks

So which team top sportsbook bettors favor in this Russia vs. Saudi Arabia opening day matchup? All in all, the betting trends make it clear that Saudi Arabia will be on the losing end. There’s not much value in taking Russia straight up, so you’re better off taking Russia to cover the spread. It’s either that or betting the OVER on the totals line. Sign up today to make this 2018 World Cup prediction!

Score Prediction: 2-0 Russia. The Russians kick off this year’s World Cup action by defending the mother land.