Russia v Spain Betting: Visitors to keep clean sheet against 2018 World Cup hosts

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La Roja head to St Petersburg full of confidence after some excellent recent showings and we think they will continue their strong defensive record

Spain's performance in their 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Saturday night was the kind of showing that underlined La Roja's status as one of the favourites for next summer's World Cup.

Julen Lopetegui's men produced some joyous football, against admitedly weaker opposition, with David Silva scoring twice and Isco delighting his home crowd in Malaga with some exquisite touches.

It was Spain's first friendly game in preparation for Russia next year and their next match comes against the tournament's hosts in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

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Russia, for their part, managed to keep Argentina at bay for the majority of their friendly match in Moscow last week before Sergio Aguero scored four minutes before the end to earn a 1-0 win.

The Russians were resolutely defensive against Jorge Sampaoli's side and we can expect much of the same when they face Spain, with bet365 offering a home win at 5/1 (6.00).

The 2010 World Cup winners meanwhile are priced at 8/15 (1.53) to record another victory, while the draw can be backed at 3/1 (4.00)

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Not only have Spain been impressive in the final third this year, their defensive record has also been strong enough to reinforce the feeling that they have a great chance of regaining the title of world champions.

In qualifying for next year's finals they conceded just three goals in ten matches, and in their last five matches they have scored 20 goals without reply; the price therefore, of evens (2.00) for La Roja to keep a clean sheet looks to offer serious value, with Russia unlikely to pose much of an attacking threat.

Against Argentina, Stanislav Cherchesov's team enjoyed just 30 percent of possession, managing only one shot on target and we can readily expect similar statistics against an in-form Spain side as the Spanish have kept clean sheets in three of their last four away friendly matches, with the last two coming against Belgium and France, and they look generously priced to shut out an uninspiring Russian team.

Spain clean sheet at evens (2.00) for a 3pt stake with bet365

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