World Cup 2018

It’s time for the World Cup to begin. We have our look at the Luzhniki Stadium, where on Thursday night the host of the competition Russia faces Saudi Arabia in a first match from the tournament. Here are our betting tips for this clash.

Let’s have a look at Russia’s squad for the World Cup and some of the most interesting players which the manager Stanislav Cherchesov called for the competition.

The captain of this team is the goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. 32-years old with 106 games for Russia, the CSKA Moscow goalie is one of the most experienced players in the squad. He’s a solid goalkeeper and his performance will be very important for the hosts.

In defense Sbornaya have the 38-years old Sergei Ignashevich. Despite of his age, the CSKA defender continues to perform on high level. Another interesting name is his teammate in CSKA Mario Fernandes. He’s a Brazilian, but with a Russian passport he will play for Sbornaya at the World Cup. Zenit’s Igor Smolnikov is another important piece of Russia’s defense line.

In midfield Sbornaya will rely a lot on the talented 22-years old Aleksandr Golovin. CSKA’s midfielder is rated as one of Russia’s best talents at the moment. Despite of his young age, he’s regarded as very important for the Russian team.

There are some experienced players like Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksandr Semedov and Alan Dzagoev, who are also important for the team. Villarreal’s Denis Cheryshev is also among the most interesting names in this team.

In attack Russia have Krasnodar’s Fyodor Smolov, Lokomotiv Moscow’s Aleksei Miranchuk and Arsenal Tula’s Artem Dzyuba. Although these players are not known as world class forwards, they have 27 goals combined for the national team.

These are our betting tips for the World Cup clash between Russia and Saudi Arabia.