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
Draw 2 2 2 2 2
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


Russia World Cup Results