Russia are one of the dark horses at the 2014 World Cup. With the majority of the squad plying their trade in the Russian 1st division, the majority of the Russian players are unfamiliar to followers of Europe’s major domestic league. This X-factor, together with a favourable draw gives them a solid chance of progressing to the knockout rounds in Brazil.
The Russian team has been geared towards a more defensive game under coach Fabio Capello, with an emphasis on counterattack. This should stand them in good stead against Belgium and Korea, although their game against Iran is a good candidate for a draw. Expect them not just to qualify for the knockout rounds, but to at least reach the quarterfinals – with Bet365 paying out a solid 7/2 on the Russians reaching the last 8.
Russia World Cup Winner Odds
Russia’s Next Match Odds
|Ladbrokes||William Hill||Paddy Power||Bet365||Betfred|
|Russia to Win||4/3||4/3||4/3||4/3||5/4|
|Korea Republic to Win||5/2||9/4||5/2||5/2||5/2|
Russia’s Upcoming Fixtures
|Date (GMT)||Team||vs||Team||Betting Tips|
|17 Jun 22:00||Russia||vs||Korea Republic||View Tips|
|22 Jun 16:00||Belgium||vs||Russia||View Tips|
|26 Jun 20:00||Algeria||vs||Russia||View Tips|