Russia will continue their preparations for hosting the upcoming Confederations Cup by travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary in Monday’s friendly clash.
Having overseen just two wins in seven matches since taking over last summer, Stanislav Cherchesov is available at 5/4 (2.25) with Betfair Sportsbook to give the nation a boost with a much-needed victory at the Groupama Arena.
Meanwhile, the Magical Magyars have also been in disappointing form since their impressive showing at Euro 2016, but are on offer at 2/1 (3.00) to come out on top for just the third time in seven matches.
Two of the guests’ last three exhibition matches away from home have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on this one also finishing up all square.
Although it would be harsh to read too much into the recent drop to an all-time low of 62nd in the last FIFA rankings given their lack of competitive fixtures, it is fair to say that the Sbornaya are failing to live up to expectations at the moment.
Much of the criticism for next year’s World Cup hosts has been centred on a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in the last five matches, conceding 11 goals in that time.
With Cherchesov continuing to tinker with line-ups and formations in an attempt to tighten things up at the back but finding little joy, it would be surprise if the guests managed to keep Bernd Storck’s team at bay here.
Nevertheless, the former Legia Warsaw boss can at least take some satisfaction from his side’s fight back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with a strong Belgium team last time out, and will at least fancy them to find some joy in front of goal.
With this in mind, odds of 19/20 (1.95) seem generous on both times finding the net for the fourth consecutive encounter between Russia and Hungary.