World Cup soccer bets for Spain – Russia
World Cup hosts 2018 Russia managed to reach the stage of direct elimination, where they will face the 2010 world champion Spain. The duel is on July 1, Sunday at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s boys finished in second place in Group A and failed to confront Uruguay in the first place. Russia lost 0:3 to the South Americans in the last round, which was second. The duel grew poorly for Stanislav Cherchesov’s team after Igor Smolnikov was kicked off in the first half and so Russia could not stand against his rather strong rival. Otherwise the team started with two victories in the tournament by defeating Saudi Arabia with 5:0 and Egypt with 3:1. The big star of the team is midfielder Denis Cheryshev, who has three goals in this championship.
Spain’s striker Diego Costa boasts the same goal. However, he failed to help his country win the final round of the group stage when the 2010 world champion of the World Cup made 2:2 against Morocco. Even Iago Aspas had to save La Roja from losing to the African side after he scored a scoring goal at the end of the game. Spain finished first in the group and avoided a clash against Uruguay on the 1/8-finals. Fernando Hierro’s team enters as a big favorite in the upcoming match and is expected to qualify for the 1/4-finals. Spain has fallen into the easiest part of the scheme and has great chances to reach the World Cup final and win the tournament. For this, however, Fernando Hierro’s alumni should recall their performance of the first match against Portugal. It was Spain’s best fight so far in the tournament. In the second round, they scored a 1-0 victory over Iran but did not convincing with their performance, and the outcome against Morocco is no doubt a complete disappointment. Can the Spanish team now return to their best game and win the clash against the Russian hosts at the regular time?
Spain’s team impresses with one achievement – they have no loss in their last 23 matches in all world tournaments – World Cups, friendly matches and World Cup 2018. Spain’s last defeat was 0:2 against Italy when the country dropped out of the 1/8 finals on Euro 2016. La Roja then showed a very strong game and presented himself at a good level, but that does not seem to be the case for their last two meetings. But it is likely that the Spanish team has just decided to keep their strength, but risks much in the match against Morocco, thanks to the team of Iran that made 1:1 with Portugal, otherwise Fernando Hierro and his boys would have to face Uruguay’s strong team.
Spain is expected to have an advantage in the upcoming match and control of the ball will be entirely on their side. They dominated this score in 32 of their last 33 games. Spain lost the ball to only the Euro 2008 final against Germany when it had 46% possession. Fernando Hierro does not expect major problems, with the media saying he will leave David De Gea on the bench. However, it seems unlikely that we will see if Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not make his debut at the 2018 World Cup. For midfield players and Spain’s attack, there is simply no point in talking as they have a class over the players in the composition of Russia. I do not think there is any chance of a surprise in this match and I expect La Roja to win the match and qualify for the 1/4-finals of the World Cup.
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