Spain vs Russia: Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips

World Cup Spain vs Russia

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Spain 1.57 | Draw 3.50 | Russia 6.00

 


Date: 2nd July 2018 – 00:00 AEST
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium – TV: Fox Sports

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Spain vs Russia Score Prediction

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Spain’s passing game will be a problem for Russia, as the Russians win games scoring goals. They don’t have the players capable of parking the bus, with their centre-back pairing the oldest at the World Cup. Spain should be able to bypass their 3-5-2 system and come away with a 3-1 win, which Bet365 has priced at 17.00.

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Why Should I Bet on Spain vs Russia

It’s hard to know what Russia would have made of all the late goal drama in Group B that meant they had to play Spain instead of a faltering Portuguese side. In fairness, it probably wouldn’t have bothered the Russian camp, as they came into the World Cup in awful form but have made it to the round of 16 and anything from here could be considered a bonus. Spain come into the game as favourites and if Uruguay’s dismantling of the hosts was anything to go by, it could be a Spanish rout in Moscow. Ladbrokes has a La Roja win at 1.60.

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It’s quite evident that this Spanish side isn’t the same one that dominated world football from 2008 to 2012. Hierro’s men look shaky at the back and their intricate passing game is becoming all too predictable with opposing teams happy to stick men behind the ball and catch the Spanish on the counter. Russia have a free hit here and will be backed by a vociferous home crowd in Moscow. Spain would have almost certainly been going home if Group B hadn’t seen so much goalmouth action late in the day as Uruguay would have picked apart this Spanish side.

Playing Russia gives Spain another chance to click and progress to the quarterfinals but it won’t be straightforward, with Russia capable of scoring goals. Ramos and his men should come through this test and live to see another day but one can’t help but feel they are on borrowed time at this World Cup.

Over/Under Prediction

Over 2.5 Goals looks nailed on, given Russia’s defensive limitations, as well as their ability to get a goal in between the ones Spain score. Over 2.5 Goals is a great shout with Betfair at 2.25.

Both Teams To Score Prediction

In Russia’s three games at the World Cup, they have scored eight goals, which suggests they know how to find the back of the net. The opposition in Saudi Arabia and Egypt haven’t put up much of a fight but against Uruguay, they created some very good goal scoring opportunities. Given the occasion and Spain’s creaking defence, they should manage a goal. Back both teams to score with Centrebet at 2.10.

 

Statistics

  • Russia have conceded in eight of their last nine international matches
  • Spain have conceded five goals in their three games at the 2018 World Cup
  • Spain have now conceded 12 goals in their last six World Cup matches
  • There have been 19 penalties taken at the 2018 World Cup, more than in any other edition of the tournament over its history
  • Spain to win 3-1 and Diego Costa to score anytime is 23.00 with William Hill


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