The Sbornaya head into the tournament in the least impressive form, having won just once in their last 10 matches which was at the Confederations Cup last year.
Juan Antonio Pizzi can however take pride in the fact that his men gave a good fight in these and got on the scoresheet against the Azzurri and Die Mannschaft.
Hopes of the west Asian country breaking Russian hearts is quoted at (9.75).
The same betting firm places odds of (4.55) for the opening World Cup match to end in draw.
Both sides have only met once which was back in 1993 with the Saudis winning 4-2 on that occasion. Pizzi’s charges have avoided defeat in six of their last 12 games and are (2.95) to do so here.
Despite the Russians poor run of form, they have a rather decent record at the Luzhniki Stadium, wining 19, drawing seven and losing five times. Since they are up against an opponent that is somewhat equal in strength, they are (1.09) for the win or draw.
Both teams have been venerable at the back and we can thus expect the duo to score in this game at odds of (2.70).