Spain vs. Russia: Sunday’s World Cup Odds & Betting Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

The weekend’s World Cup odds are primed for another round of thrilling tournament action. This weekend will bring about the round 16 of the World Cup, open up eliminatory play. With things taking a turn for the serious, sports betting players can expect the play to improve. Today we break down this Sunday’s Spain vs. Russia to get a good idea of what we can expect. Let’s mulch over the odds before taking a look at some picks.

2018 World Cup – Spain vs. Russia – Sunday, July 1st         

When: 10:00 ET

Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

TV: Local Broadcasts

Stream: MLB TV

World Cup Odds:

Spain -1 (+108) 2½ (-133) -166
Russia +1 (-123) 2½ (+118) +623
Spain/Russia Draw +290
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Before the tournament started, an eliminatory matchup between Spain and Russia would not have been that intriguing. Moreover, Spain would have been listed as a massive favorite by the World Cup odds. But since the 2010 champions opened up their World Cup play in a rather unimpressive fashion, bookmakers are giving Russia a fighting chance. Not just because they’re the host country, but because they’ve managed to put on quite a show at this year’s tournament. Granted, the Spanish side suffered a blow in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup when Julen Lopetegui announced he was going to be taking a job after the World Cup. The federation didn’t enjoy his decision and ended up replacing him with Fernando Hierro just days before the tournament commenced. Since then, Spain has drawn against Morocco and Portugal and beat Iran 1-0. They haven’t been impressive, but they’ve been surviving.

Players to Watch: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), and Iago Aspas (RC Celta de Vigo).


Despite getting pegged with some of the worst odds of the tournament, Russia has managed to shock us all. In their opening match, Russia set the precedent with a brilliant 5-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia. Afterwards, they pummeled Egypt 3-1. And although they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Uruguay in their last group stage matchup, the Russians didn’t have much to play for. Now, Russia will be looking to prove their prowess by knocking out one of the top dogs in this year’s draw.

Players to Watch: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal CF), Artem Dzyuba (Zenit St. Petersburg), and Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow).

Spain vs. Russia || World Cup Betting Predictions


  • Spain is 2-0-3 SU in their last 5 games
  • Spain has scored 8 goals in their last 5 games
  • The Spanish have allowed 6 goals in their last 5 games
  • Russia is 2-2-1 SU in their last 5 games
  • Russia has scored 9 goals in their last 5 games
Spain vs. Russia || World Cup Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet on the World Cup take in this Spain vs. Russia pairing? All in all, it’s probably best to stick with Spain here. They’ve had enough time to work out the kinks and should be in top form. Granted, a small bet on Russia would not be misguided. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 2-0 Spain.