Fabio Capello’s men bounced back from two successive defeats to overcome Luxembourg 4-1 on Friday and are 1/3 (1.33) favourites with bet365 to move a point clear at the top with victory in this one.
Meanwhile, the Blue and Whites’ qualification hopes took a serious dent when they were held to a draw at home to Azerbaijan, but you can get odds of 15/2 (8.50) on them pulling level on points with their hosts by coming out on top in St Petersburg.
The Sbornaya are yet to draw a game on the road to Brazil, but there are odds of 4/1 (5.00) available on the sides sharing the spoils in this one.
After starting the qualification campaign with four wins out of four, Capello’s side seemed destined for a place at next summer’s World Cup, but a couple of disappointing results derailed their hopes with the finishing line almost in sight.
While defeat in Portugal was no disgrace, losing 1-0 away to previously winless Northern Ireland in the very next game was serious cause for concern and there is now precious little room for error.
Although a requisite victory over Luxembourg was achieved with relatively little fuss, the Italian coach will have been slightly perturbed to see his Russia side give away a late goal against the minnows, continuing a worryingly sloppy trend at the back over recent fixtures.
The usually watertight hosts have now only kept one clean sheet in their last six matches and this will provide hope for an Israel side who have hit the back of the net in eight consecutive competitive games on the road, including eight goals in their last two trips.
With Eli Guttman’s visitors compelled to attack in order to preserve their own faltering World Cup dreams, odds of 5/4 (2.25) seem extremely generous on both sides scoring on Tuesday, in a bet that would have paid out in three of the last four meetings between the teams.
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with bet365
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