Saudi Arabia World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

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The bookmakers don't expect Pizzi's side to make much of an impact in Russia despite their draw alongside the hosts in an open looking Group A

Group A is hardly the most intimidating of this year's World Cup but despite being drawn alongside Russia, Uruguay and Egypt, Saudi Arabia are available at some of the biggest prices of any competitor at this summers' tournament.

Qualification for the 2018 World Cup

Japan topped Group B of Asian qualifying while the Saudi side were just a point behind them.

Home advantage was certainly a big factor in their tally of 19 points. The Green Falcons won four of their five matches, drawing the other.

Nawaf Al Abid finished as joint top scorer in the final group with five goals. However, four of those came from the penalty spot. The 28-year-old who plys his trade with league leaders Al Hilal in his native country, has yet to find the back of the net in 11 appearances this term.

Despite their success, the managerial situation has changed repeatedly in recent months. Bert van Marwijk was in charge during much of the qualification campaign before failing to agree a new contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. Edgardo Bauza took over but was in the post for just a few weeks before Pizzi took over in November 2017.

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World Cup History

This will be Saudi Arabia's fifth World Cup finals appearance but their first since 2006.

They've failed to make it out of the group stage in all but one those attempts, the exception came in USA 1994 when losing out to Sweden 3-1 in the round of 16.

2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Mohammed Al Owais Mansoor Al Harbi Abdullah Al Khaibari Mohammad Al Sahlawi
Yasser Al Mosailem Yasser Al Shahrani Abdulmalek Al Khaibri Muhannad Assiri
Abdullah Al Mayouf Mohammed Al Breik Abdullah Otayf  
  Motaz Hawsawi Taiseer Al Jassim  
  Osama Hawsawi Houssain Al Mogahwi  
  Omar Hawsawi Salman Al Faraj  
  Ali Al Bulaihi Mohamed Kanno  
    Hattan Bahebri  
    Salem Al Dawsari  
    Yahya Al Shehri  
    Fahad Al Muwallad  

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 1000/1 (1001.0)
To make the World Cup final 250/1 (251.0)
To win Group A 33/1 (34.0)
To qualify from Group A 15/2 (8.50)
To be top Asian country 8/1 (9.0)

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