The hosts qualified for Brazil on the back of an extremely solid defensive foundation but Al Hain-Cole thinks their lack of cutting edge should result in a tight game
Fabio Capello’s men saw a run of three consecutive victories come to an end with a 1-1 draw away to Norway last Saturday but are 1/3 (1.33) favourites with William Hill to return to winning ways in front of their own fans.
With just two wins to their name in the last 11 matches, the Atlas Lions are 7/1 (8.00) outsiders to end the hosts’ three-year unbeaten on home turf.
Seven of those 11 fixtures have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on the visitors coming away with a share of the spoils once again this time out.
While they may not set too many pulses racing among the neutrals this summer, few opponents will be looking forward to playing against Capello’s team in Brazil.
The Russians finished above Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their qualification group thanks largely to a defence that conceded just five times in 10 games, with only two of those coming in front of their own fans.
However, Capello’s side are also occasionally guilty of relying too heavily on this defensive resilience, with a lack of cutting edge exposed by both Portugal and Northern Ireland in 1-0 qualifying defeats.
Having seen under 2.5 goals scored in 16 of their last 24 matches on home turf, odds of 7/10 (1.70) are surely too good to miss on no more than two going in when they take on a team that have seen under three in 15 of their previous 19 on the road.
Nevertheless, their strong home record make the Russians solid value at 2/1 (3.00) to come out on top in a game featuring no more than two goals for the third time in four matches.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 7/10 (1.70) with William Hill
||Russia to win & Under 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill
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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.