Russia will be under immense pressure to preform well as they will host the 2018 World Cup. The odds makers have listed them at 66/1 to win the title.
This Russian squad was an unexpected winner of their European qualifying group, above powerhouse Portugal. Russian relies on their strong defense. The midfield is also a good one and while they do not have a dynamic offense other teams in the group will have a tough time against a stout back line.
Oddsmakers have Russia as the second best World Cup betting odds to win their group that includes Belgium, South Korea, and Algeria.
How did Russia qualify?
Coach Fabio Capello’s team won group F of the UEFA qualifiers recording 22 points in 10 games played, beating Portugal, Israel, Azerbaijan, Northern Ireland and Luxembourg. The Russian are back in the World Cup after missing Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010.
What are Russia Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?
- To Win The Tournament +8000
- To Reach the Final: +25000
- To Win Group H: +250
- To Qualify: -200
- Not To Qualify: +175
- To Finish Last In Group H: +900
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +6600
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +200
Who are Russia opponents in the 2014 World Cup?
Russia, at +250, drew into Group H and is listed as the second favorite to win group; Belgium is the favorite (-142); South Korea (+850), and Algeria (+2800) round out the group.
What is Russia schedule For The 2014 World Cup?
Russia is a +105 favorite in the money line in their opening game against South Korea (+320) which is to be played on June 17 at the Arena Pantanal, in Cuiabá.
Their second game is against Belgium (+115), where they appear as underdogs listed at +260 to win on June 22 at Estádio do Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro.
Algeria will be their last group stage challenger on June 26 at Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba. The Russians are -150 favorites on the money line Vs. the +575 Algerians.
What’s Russia Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?
“No One Can Catch Us”
The Russian Roster for the 2014 World Cup?
GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)
DEFENDERS: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Alexei Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semenov (Terek Grozny)
MIDFIELDERS: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Roman Shirokov (FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg)
FORWARDS: Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Alexei Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Who’s Russia Key Player in the 2014 World Cup?
Zenit striker Alexandr Kerzhakov will have to be the difference maker for this team. He played with Spanish club Sevilla in the past and will have to be the spark in the Russian offense.
What are Russia Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?
- Since the Soviet Union split, Russia has been to only two World Cups and has not advanced from the group stage.
- Russia has won two games, and lost four of their six matches; while scoring 11 goals and allowing 10.
- Russia and South Korea met for the first time in 2013 in a friendly; the game ended 2-1 in favor of the Russians.
- Russia trails in the head-to-head series against Belgium with one draw and two losses in three games. These two nations met in the 2002 World Cup with a 3-2 Belgium victory.
- Russia and Algeria has never played at any level, according to FIFA.
How far will Russia go?
It doesn’t matter whether Russia ends up first or second in their group, they are likely to face Portugal or Germany in the round of 16, where they should be eliminated.
Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 13/2
- Belgium 14/1
- France 20/1
- Italy 22/1
- Uruguay 22/1
- Colombia 25/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- England 28/1
- Portugal 28/1
- Chile 40/1
- Russia 66/1
- Mexico 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- USA 100/1
- Ecuador 125/1
- Ivory Coast 125/1
- Croatia 150/1
- Japan 150/1
- Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
- Ghana 200/1
- Greece 200/1
- Nigeria 250/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Australia 500/1
- Cameroon 500/1
- Algeria 1000/1
- Costa Rica 1000/1
- Honduras 1500/1
- Iran 1500/1