Russia vs Saudi Arabia predictions FIFA World Cup 2018
Russia come into their home World Cup as the lowest ranked side in the FIFA World Rankings after their recent 1-1 draw with Turkey, placing them 70th in the list and three positions lower than the next lowest ranked side, who happen to be Saudi Arabia.
To be honest, Russia’s preparations for the World Cup haven’t gone particularly well. They lost 1-0 to Austria at the end of May and their draw with Turkey last week was a rather dull affair. They come into the opening match without a win since October, losing four and drawing three of their seven games since then.
In fact, Russia have won just six of their matches since they were knocked out of Euro 2016, and they have only beaten one team who are present in this World Cup since November 2015. They have lost eight of their last 14 matches against teams who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup, winning once against South Korea.
Saudi Arabia may be officially the second worst nation at the tournament, but they actually performed quite well in their most recent warm up friendly, limiting a full strength Germany side to a 2-1 win. This was a much better showing than their 3-0 hammering against Peru at the start of June, and before that they only lost 2-1 to Italy as well.
Russia may have the majority of the fans on their side, but the bookies seem to be overvaluing their abilities here. They have won just two of their last 11 games, failing to beat the likes of Iran, Austria, and Turkey in the process.
Russia Predicted Lineup:
Akinfeev, Fernandes, Ignashevich, Granat, Kudryashov, Zobnin, Samedov, Dzagoev, Golovin, Zhirkov, Smolov
Saudi Arabia Predicted Lineup:
Al Maiouf, Al-Breik, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al-Harbi, Otayf, Al-Shehri, Al-Jasssim, AL-Faraj, Al-Dawsari, Al-Sahlawi
***Both teams to score
** Over 2.5 goals
* Draw 1-1
1* (Star)= Win Chance 50%
2**(Star)= Win Chance 65%
3***(Star)= Win Chance 80%