Russia vs Saudi Arabia: Predictions, odds and betting tips
THE World Cup is finally here as Russia kick-off the tournament by welcoming Saudi Arabia to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The hosts know three points will be crucial if they want to progress from their group as they face a Saudi Arabia side who are making their first appearance at a World Cup since 2006.
Fyodor Smolov to score first: 5/2 win Sun Bets Saudi Arabia to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1: 9/1 with Sun Bets
Getty – Contributor Igor Akinfeev will captain Russia in their first World Cup 2018 game
Russia’s biggest goal threat comes from their striker, Smolov, who scored 14 goals for Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League last season.
You can back Smolov to score first at 5/2 with Sun Bets.
Saudi Arabia are outsiders to beat Russia in the opening game, but they certainly have reason to be optimistic about their chances.
Russia are without a win in their last six matches.
Saudi Arabia to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 is an enticing 9/1 with Sun Bets.
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When is Russia vs Saudi Arabia?
Russia will take on Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener on Thursday, June 14.
The match will kick-off at 4pm.
It will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium.