Russia’s Rising Soccer Betting Repute (Sportsbook Preview)
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is underway, giving online soccer betting fans some insight into what they can expect in the upcoming World Cup. The tournament got of an unbelievable start when host nation Russia shocked the world by upsetting New Zealand.
Heading into Saturday’s contest between Russia and the Kiwis, soccer betting sites had Russia pegged at +1100 odds. With the Russians dealing New Zealand a 2-0 defeat, a $100 bet against New Zealand would have dealt $1,100 in winnings. If only we had a time machine!
Nevertheless, Russia has proved to online sportsbooks that ruling them out can be quite costly. So much so, that bookmakers have now given the Russians a fighting chance against colossal online soccer betting foes Portugal. Granted, the odds are also taking into consideration Portugal’s draw with Mexico this past Sunday. Players who bet on sports can take a look at what bookmakers are predicting for Wednesday’s contest down below.
FIFA Confederations Cup – Group Stage – Portugal vs. Russia
When: Wednesday, June 21st, 11:00 am ET
Where: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Series: Group Stage
TV: Fox Sports 1, Telemundo
Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
Online Sportsbook Odds
Portugal – ½ (-103) 2 ½ (+124) EV
Russia + ½ (-112) 2 ½ (-139) +308
Portugal/Russia Draw +240
One of the biggest storylines Portugal is facing involves their star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Recently, Madrid’s state prosecutor filed a lawsuit against Real Madrid’s own striker, claiming that the international superstar has been employing ‘under the table’ tactics to avoid paying taxes on earnings from certain imaging rights. The situation is ironically similar to what happened to Ronaldo’s rival, Lionel Messi, who faced a similar lawsuit after the Panama Papers revealed damning business connections. Portugal isn’t at risk of losing their star player but rumor has it that Ronaldo is looking to part with Real Madrid. Needless to say, this has to be affecting Ronaldo on some mental level.
Unfortunately for Portugal, they need their star player to be on game this Wednesday, especially after their draw with Mexico. Russia has taken the lead in Group A and the Portuguese’s inability to deter Mexico doesn’t bode well for them, especially against a team that beat the Kiwis 2-0.
Russia’s performance in their first game of the tournament has certainly swayed online sportsbooks’ opinion of their merits. Seeing the Russian national soccer team pegged as a betting favorite over Portugal is unprecedented but perfectly understandable when considering the type of payout bookies had to do on Saturday.
Needless to say, the Russians are drawing a lot of action from players who bet on sports. To put things in perspective, the odds on this matchup has shifted from the time I began writing this article, and will likely see some variance leading up to Wednesday’s game. Players can check the odds throughout the days leading up to the contest, to see which pegging suits them best.