Russia vs Spain Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
World Cup 2018 hosts will square off with one of the main contenders for the trophy at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. Both sides played their first match of the preparatory period as Russia bowed to Argentina, while Spain steamrolled Costa Rica.
Russian national squad hosted Argentina in Moscow on Saturday. Russia were absolutely outplayed by the South American side as the visitors had 70% of ball possession and controlled the whole match. However, it seemed that Russia could hold Aguero & Co off until the final whistle, but Manchester City’s striker scored in the 86th minute and set the final score to 0-1. Russians are struggling over the past few years and it is safe to say they will need to wait at least a decade until they can parry the stronger footballing nations.
Spain took on Costa Rica in their first preparatory match and they controlled the match from the start. Estadio La Rosaleda saw five goals from the home side as Alba opened the scoring in the 6th minute already, followed by Morata’s goal, two Silva’s efforts and Iniesta’s goal that set the final score to 5-0. Currently, Spanish national team is a combination of the youth and experience. Therefore, they are one of the strongest teams in Russia and one of the main contenders for lifting the trophy.
Last time out the two sides collided was back in the 2008, when Russia and Spain shared a group in UEFA EURO. Spain won both matches with a three-goal margin and ultimately lifted the trophy. The hosts first won in the group with 4-1, while beating Russia in playoffs with 3-0.
Russia have almost all players ready for the match against Spain and all of them are highly motivated to win this game.
On the other side Spain don't have many missing players for this game. Isco picked up a injury on match against Costa Rica and he will not play on Tuesday night. Almost all players are available to play and they will play offensive from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Russia: Akinfeev; Vasin, Dzhikia, Kutepov; Fernandes, Glushakov, Shvets, Golovin, Rausch; Smolov, Miranchuk
Spain: Arizzabalaga; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets; Illaramendi, Iniesta; Asensio, Suso; Morata
Russia vs Spain Prediction
What a great game of football at Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night and clash between Russia and Spain. Both teams will play aggressive football and we will enjoy in one interesting and exciting football match. Another one chance for Russia to test themselves against one of the best international teams around. All players are highly motivated for the match and they will play aggressive from the first minute. On the other side Spain play in excellent form and their last defeat was at Euro 2016 when Italy sent them home, in a 2-0 loss. Spain have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five fixtures, but their main objective for this game will be to score a goal more. We expect one dynamic and open game with lots of scoring chances on the both sides.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Russia vs Spain Prediction: Both teams to score. We expect to see goals, but don't expect to see a winner. So our risky bet goes on correct score 2-2. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.