Russia vs Saudi Arabia PREVIEW & PREDICTION 14/06/2018


And the day awaited for all football lovers, especially for those looking for a Russia Vs Saudi Arabia forecast. The World Cup kicks off and this will be the inaugural match. In the previous, the Russians are favorites beyond have not been overwhelming in the friendly matches they have played in recent months. For this reason and knowing that the Arabs are not solid in defense, we believe that those led by Stanislav Cherchésov have what it takes to win the game, either by one or two goals difference. At stake is starting well in the group and not suffer a setback that then end up costing the classification.


The selected host is led by Stanislav Cherchésov, coach who is known for knowing Russian football and for betting on local talent. For him, the stars are not necessary, being vital to form a compact block that can manage to attack and defend at the same time. There are no elements that stand out too much, being the main letters of the DT the experienced goalkeeper Akinfeev, Cheryshev, Smolov and Dzagoev. Other elements to consider are the young promises Golovin and Miranchuk. The first is responsible for creativity and development, while the second is in charge of converting the goals of the Russian attack.

A detail to consider this combination is that it is made up of competitive and fast players, who know what they play beyond not having a great hierarchy. Its main defect lies in the tactical issues, a fact that prevents them from achieving better results in the competitions that participate. The team comes from a series of disastrous friendly, reaching 7 friendlies without winning product of 3 equalities and 4 falls. Another detail to consider is that he has conceded goals in his last 10 presentations. It comes to draw to equalize 1-1 with Iran, to lose 0-1 with Argentina, to equal 3-3 with Spain, to fall 0-3 with Brazil, to trip 1-3 with France, to fall 1-0 with Austria and to equal 1-1 with Turkey. His last victory was 4-2 against South Korea on October 7 of last year.

Saudi Arabia:

The Asians are a team with criteria when handling the ball but very weak in defensive matters (lack of concepts when playing and avoiding the pressure of their rivals). It is enough to review the mistakes made in the friendlies played against Italy, Peru and Germany to corroborate this statement (defeats 2-1, 3-0 and 2-1 respectively). At the moment they are directed by Juan Antonio Pizzi, an experienced technician who came to lead the Chilean national team. The goal of this coach is to balance the team and give it the strength it needs to achieve an acceptable campaign in the group stage.

Another detail to consider the Saudi selected is that he has changed 3 times as coach in recent times. First was the Dutchman Bert Van Marwijk who qualified the squad for the World Cup, and then arrived the Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza (fired by the Argentine national team at that time). After 2 months he was fired and Pizzi arrived. With the technical tulip the squad played a clear 4-3-3, while with the former coach of Chile the system became a 4-2-3-1 a bit more conservative. As an added fact, we tell you that most of those summoned do not have international experience, being feasible that this detail will pass bill in its 3 World Cup matches. Yes, the main reference of this team is the striker Mohammad Al Sahlawi, who scored 16 goals in the knockout round.

No official background has been found between the two selected, this being the first official game they will have.

PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.41