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Russia vs Saudi Arabia – 2018 World Cup : It’s already traditional for the World Cup to start

with the host nation presenting itself

In front of its own crowd, looking for a first positive result that allows them to show they have the ability to go far on the competition.

For Russia, that seems to be an added responsibility to the organization of the competition, exposing this team to an obligation that, since the Soviet Union was disintegrated, was never reached.

However, as opponents, they will have a Saudi Arabia that only reached the 8th finals once, in 1994, and that comes without great expectations to this competition.

Due to the conditions presented, this is expected to be a somewhat nervy match for the Russians.

The side led by Stanislav Cherchesov doesn’t present very eye-catching collective dynamics, and it’s more than clear that the Russians will be, on this competition,

heavily dependent on what some of their stars, like Golovin, Dzagoev or Samedov might create for Smolov to finish.

Russia haven’t won any of the last 7 friendlies they’ve played, leaving their fragilities very visible, rarely having the opportunity to expand on some idea of organized attack, which will be what the Saudis have prepared as a strategy.

This was a long year for Saudi Arabia’s national team, that saw their manager who ensured them qualification leave, had a failed punt and now comes to the World Cup with Juan Antonio Pizzi.

The former Argentinian manager had an experience of sadness and joy at Chile, winning the Copa America Centenario and failing to qualify for the World Cup,

but he had an opportunity to manage in Russia with one of the lowest rated teams of the competition.

Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Betting Tip and Prediction:

His work on the last couple of months was mostly giving Saudi Arabia some defensive organization, demanding a lower and more compact block from his players, in order to organize an offensive transition with the quality that their players allow him.

Despite 3 losses on the last preparation matches, the performances against Italy and Germany, with losses by the minimum margin, prove that the Saudi might come into this match with their homework done.

This will be a very complicated match for the Russians to get the win.

Betting Tip / PredictionOddStakeBookmakerStatus
Under 2.5 goals

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