FIFA tournament starts on 14 June with Russia v Saudi Arabia in Moscow
World Cup hosts Russia kick off the 2018 edition of the FIFA competition this coming Thursday (14 June) at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Their Group A clash is followed up by Egypt and Uruguay meeting the next day as the other two members of the quartet.
First things first
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Where should I bet my money?
The simplest bet you can make is on the basic outcome of the match. Who do you think will win the World Cup curtain raiser, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or will it end honours even?
Looking at the odds, it is Russia who are clear favourites in this department. The World Cup hosts are priced very short, at just 1.44, to pick up three points, while Saudi Arabia are priced long at 10.00. If you prefer to sit on the fence, a draw is at 4.40, according to Oddsshark.
Russia, however, are hardly coming into this game in fine form. They have not won any of their last four games and are the lowest ranked of any side at the World Cup, at number 66. The visitors just might fancy their chances of an upset, and you can back Saudi Arabia to grab a 1-0 shock win at the price of 17.00
Saudi Arabia’s best ever finish at the World Cup is reaching the round of 16 in 1994, but they would look hard pressed to repeat that feat. The country are priced at 9.00 to progress from Group A, whilst Russia are priced at 1.36 to qualify and a surprising 3.00 to top Group A.
If you want to hedge your bets a little, you can always go for the “Double chance” option, offering you the opportunity to select two possible outcomes for the game rather than just one. If you think the game will end either in a draw or a Russian victory, you can back that hunch at 1.071.
However, if you are adamant Saudi Arabia can get some sort of result – either a win or a draw – those two outcomes are priced at 2.80, and if you think either side will take three points, those odds shorten to 1.22.
Odds: Russia (1.44), Saudi Arabia (10.00), draw (4.40)
On 15 June, Group A favourites Uruguay take on seven-time African champions Egypt. The South Americans look to be by far the strongest side in the group and are priced at a very short 1.16 to qualify, and are at 1.72 to win the group.
Uruguay finished second in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group between runaway leaders Brazil, and come into their World Cup opener on the back of three straight wins and full of confidence. Perhaps unsurprisingly given their recent form they are the red hot favourites to win this match, and are priced at 1.60 to collect three points.
In addition, Uruguay have lost just one of their last nine games, keeping six clean sheets in the process. However, if you fancy Egypt to hit the back of the net, you can back both teams to score at 2.37. The opposite, a “No” to both teams scoring, is at the shorter price of 1.53.
But given Uruguay’s recent form, expecting them to record a 2-0 win is not an unreasonable assumption. It’s always tough trying to predict exact scores, but this result is priced reasonably at 6.00.
Egypt, who already had an uphill struggle in this one, will also have to do without star man Mo Salah, who has not recovered from a shoulder injury in time. With that, their chances of scoring look to be seriously, reduced, and back only Uruguay to score and go on to win the game looks a decent bet at 4.75.
The odds also look to be against Egypt when it comes to progressing at the World Cup. The African side are priced at just 1.53 to fall at the first hurdle, while you can back them at 2.50 to reach the second round, and 6.50 to top the group.
However, this would look to be a relatively comfortable start for Oscar Tabarez and his Uruguay side. You can back the South Americans to be leading at the break and go on to win the game at 2.50.
Odds: Egypt (7.50), Uruguay (1.60), draw (3.75)