In the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, the hosts Russia will start as favourites against the Green Falcons today but this is a game of football and like everyone says 90 minutes is a very long time since there have been incidents of teams scoring 5 goals in just 9 minutes so nothing can be scripted off as the ultimatum.
The whole world may bet it all on the Russians but the Arabs, despite being the underdogs, are expected to steal the show with the likes Mohammad Al-Sahlawi who has been in a very good form scoring 16 goals to make his country reach the doorstep of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Group A also has Uruguay and Egypt and both these teams are believed to go the Round of 16 which means both Russia and Saudi Arabia has been scratched off as favourites but that is what these two teams need to change after this game.
According to bet365 the odds of Russia winning this game is 4/9, odds of drawing this game is 10/3 and the odds of Saudi Arabia winning this game is 9. Similar odds have been provided by skybet too as their odds for Russia emerging out victorious are 4/9 and probability for a draw is 16/5 and for Arabs to win the odds are 17/2. Betfair odds for Russia are 4/9, for Saudi Arabia is 19/2 and the odds of this match ending in a draw are 10/3.
Both these teams have a few star players missing from their squad because of injury concerns but the likes of Sergei Ignashevich and Igor Akinfeev are expected to play from the start. Fedor Smolov is also expected to lead the Russian attack for this game.
The Green Falcons will look up to Mohammad Al-Sahlawi to see them through this game.
Russia: D L L L D
Saudi Arabia: L L L W W
Today’s Match Predictions:
Russia may start the game as favourites given they would be playing at home and there is no such thing called defense in the Saudi Arabian team so it would be a very big relief for the Russians. According to our experts, the score line will be 2-1, Russia – 2, Saudi Arabia -1 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Who will be the Man Of The Match for Russia vs Saudi Arabia?
It is most likely that Fedor Smolov is going to be the champion for the Russians in this game and Mohammad Al-Sahlawi for Saudi Arabia.