Spain vs Russia: Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions

World Cup Spain vs Russia

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Spain 1.57 | Draw 3.79 | Russia 6.19

 


1st July 2018 – 10:00
ET Luzhniki Arena, Moscow  – TV: TSN

Spain vs Russia Predictions

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Andres Iniesta declared that Spain “achieved their target” by qualifying for the round of 16 but it wasn’t plain sailing for Fernando Hierro’s side. After finishing top of Group B, they will face Russia and they will be expected to progress to the last eight. They struggled against Morocco and there are a number of things they will be working on ahead of this fixture.

They have tremendous strength in depth in their squad and they have the option to change things from the bench. Russia picked up six points from their opening couple of games and booked their place in the knock-out round fairly comfortably. They came unstuck against Uruguay and they may not be able to cope with this better class of opposition. Spain should win this and can be backed at 1.60 with Betway.

Spain vs Russia Odds

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Spain start as the favourites for this game and they are likely to be popular with bettors. They can be backed at 1.57 with Sports Interaction. Russia will be hoping to pull off a shock and can be backed at 6.19, whilst it’s 3.79 for the game to end in a stalemate.

Both Teams to Score Prediction

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Spain conceded just two goals en-route to their 2010 success but they’ve looked vulnerable at the back so far. Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos have struggled in their previous matches and their high-line has caused them a bit of a headache. Russia carry a threat and will be expected to score here. They only failed to net against Uruguay, a side who are yet to concede, but their only clean sheet came against a clearly overawed Saudi Arabia in the first match of the tournament. Both Teams to Score? Yes is available at 2.20 with Sports Interaction and looks a decent price.

Over/Under Prediction

Previous head-to-heads suggest that this should be a high-scoring game. They drew 3-3 in their most recent encounter and Spain have now netted ten times in their last three games against Russia. Neither side are keeping clean sheets at the moment and Over 2.5 Goals looks like a decent wager in this round of 16 tie. It is available at 2.19 with Intertops.

Spain vs Russia Preview

Spain weren’t able to find their flow in Group B but they did enough to finish top and they have been rewarded with a tie against the hosts. Isco is just one of the many players who has called upon his teammates to improve their performances. They remain favourites in the outright market despite their stuttering form. Fernando Hierro will be expected to make a few changes for this fixture as he bids to secure a place in the final eight. They went out in the group stages four years ago so they’ve already improved upon that performance.

Russia began extremely well with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and they were effective against Egypt as well. They came undone against Uruguay although they weren’t helped by an early red card. They need to improve significantly in this game and their ageing defensive partnership could struggle to contain Spain’s movement in the final third. The hosts will be well supported but, as the lowest ranked side in the tournament, they won’t be expected to progress.

Statistics

  • Russia are still searching for their first victory over Spain
  • 1986 was the last time that Russia won two of their group games
  • Spain had 75% possession against Morocco but could only draw 2-2
  • Denis Cheryshev has netted three goals at the tournament for Russia. He’s also scored an own goal
  • Diego Costa has scored three times in this first three games. He is 4.20 to score the first goal of this game with William Hill
  • Russia only managed a single shot on target against Uruguay, although they played a large majority of that game with ten men
  • Russia rarely keep clean sheets. Saudi Arabia are the only side to draw blanks against them in 13 games


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