World Cup hosts Russia will be hoping to kick off the tournament with a win against Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s side have not been in good form ahead of this summer’s finals, with defeats to Brazil and France in March leaving the hosts with plenty of work to do.
The saving grace for Russia is that their opponents in the opening game are Saudi Arabia, though a win against the Green Eagles with be vital ahead of tough Group A clashes against Egypt and Uruguay.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia
World Cup 2018, Group A
Thursday, June 14
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
The opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between the host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia is set for Thursday, June 14th, 2018, at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and the soccer fans can expect a true spectacle prior to and during the first match of the Group A.
The bookmakers favor Russia at -334 to grab a victory at the start of the World Cup, but the first game is always a tricky one, although Saudi Arabia is considered as a massive +1100 out-of-towner here. Likewise, the bookies don’t expect to see a bunch of goals and would be even surprised if Saudi Arabia finds the net, so let’s take a closer look what can the bettors look for in this clash.
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
3-Way: 1: Russia -334; X: +375 Draw; 2: Saudi Arabia +1100 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1.5: Russia +110; Saudi Arabia -125
Total +2.5: Over +115; Under -150