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Russia v Brazil Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

1:55 am AEDT 24/3/18
Philippe Coutinho Brazil
Brazil are missing Neymar and we think there is value in backing a low-scoring win for the five time World Cup winners in Moscow on Friday afternoon

The hosts of this summer's World Cup continue their preparations by facing one of the favourites in Moscow this week as Russia play Brazil.

Tite's men qualified for the tournament in stunning fashion and are just behind holders Germany in the outright market to lift the trophy once more at 5/1 (6.0).

Russia's hopes are somewhat more modest, yet their last two results (a slender 1-0 defeat to Argentina and a 3-3 draw with Spain) have perhaps given the hosts some hope of being able to compete.

Latest odds

dabblebet price a win for the South Americans at 6/10 (1.60), while Russia can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) and the draw is priced at 13/5 (3.60).

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Team news

Brazil will be missing Neymar, who is recovering from injury. Tite could give a debut to Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, whose 13 La Liga goals this term have rewarded him with his first international call-up.

Russia's squad, meanwhile, is made up almost entirely of home-based players, although Villarreal winger Denis Cherychev could be in-line to make his first international appearance since 2015. 

La Canarinha to warm up with few problems

The visitors will be hoping that this will not be their only visit to the Luzhniki stadium this summer, with the ground also hosting the World Cup final on 15 July.

Friday's game will be useful preparation ahead of the tournament for a Brazil side who boast an extraordinary record in friendlies.

Indeed, the five-time World Cup winners have won 25 of their last 27 friendlies and another victory is surely on the cards.

Preview and predictions

Brazil to win and under 3.5 goals is priced at 23/20 (2.15) and looks a shrewd way to back a victory for Tite's side.

The game should see the manager experiment a little, meaning that backing a low-scoring win for Brazil against a side that is likely to set up in extremely defensive fashion is a logical selection. 

Brazil to win and under 3.5 goals at 23/20 (2.15) for a 3pt stake with dabblebet