Published: 14.06.2017

Russia v New Zealand Betting Tips – 17th June 2017

Both the Socceroos and the All Whites are taking part in this year’s Confederations Cup in Russia as they look to get some important competitive action under their belts ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Australia get their campaign up and running against Germany on Monday but New Zealand are involved in the first match of the tournament when they take on Russia in St Petersburg.

Russia go into the game as the clear favourites with the bookmakers. But this may not be the easy game that they hoped to get their Confederations Cup underway with.

Stanislav Cherchesov has made some big calls since taking control of the Russian side and his team are in something of a transitional period. His side look strong in midfield but in defence and attack they’re lacking considerably in quality compared to the likes of Germany and Portugal.

New Zealand also have issues after back to back defeats in their warm up for the tournament but Anthony Hudson has his men well drilled and they look set to ensure that Russia don’t have things all their own way on Saturday.

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Match Stats and Form

  • Russia got ready for the Confederations Cup with a 3-0 win over Hungary and a 1-1 draw against Chile
  • New Zealand lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland before defeat by the same score line to Belarus
  • This is the first meeting between Russia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand are one of the fastest improving sides in the FIFA World Rankings but are still 32 places below Russia
  • Russia and New Zealand are joined in Group A by Mexico and Portugal

Predicted Line-Ups

Russia – Akinfeev; Kudryashov, Vasin, Dzhikia; Kombarov, Shishkin, Golovin, Miranchuk, Glushakov; Poloz, Smolov

New Zealand – Marinovic; Boxall, Durante, Smith; Boyle, Colvey, Thomas, McGlinchey, Tuiloma; Rojas, Wood

Key Battles

Both Russia and New Zealand are set to play with a modification of the three-man defence which has taken world football by storm in the last year or so.

While Cherchesov likes the formation because it allows him to play two men up front, Hudson prefers to pack his midfield in an attempt to stifle his opponents. That’s especially true when the All Whites take on opponents who are much stronger on paper.

Space could be at a premium during the match. That means the talented young midfield pairing of Aleksandr Golovin and Aleksei Miranchuk could prove to be vital for Russia. New Zealand will have to keep them quiet while hoping the mix of guile and raw power offered by Marco Rojas and Chris Wood will be effective in attacking positions.

Betting Analysis

The Confederations Cup isn’t always taken seriously by the sides taking part. Germany have come in for criticism for resting several of their biggest stars for the tournament but the 2017 renewal is certainly important for both Russia and New Zealand.

The All Whites want the chance to prove themselves on a global scale again while Russian fans are desperate for some reassurance that they won’t be humiliated on home turf following their poor performance at Euro 2016.

Russia are the firm favourites for a reason but with they are shaky in defence and in terms of their confidence which is something New Zealand can exploit by at least getting on the score sheet. That makes the odds of $3.75 that Unibet are quoting on Russia winning and both teams scoring look like good value.

Equally, a bet on over 2.5 goals looks over priced at $1.85 with Bet365.

Top Betting Tip:

Russia to win and both teams to score at $3.75 with Unibet

Other Bets:

Over 2.5 goals at $1.85 with Bet365

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