May 12, 2014
Russia could not have asked for a better group to be put in for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June, facing Algeria, Belgium and South Korea, giving them a great chance to make it past the group stage for the first time.
The conditions in South America might have some say in how the Russians perform at the World Cup, as they tend to play their best football at home on European soil, however against lower ranked nations Algeria and South Korea they will be confident of picking up maximum points and a likely path through to the second round.
Belgium is warm favourite to finish on top in Group H and rankings combined with form suggest they should be too good for Russia during the group stage, meaning the Russians can finish in second spot if things pan out as expected.
Russia will be hosting the next World Cup in four years time and with that in mind they will be out to make an impression on the world stage.
In early 2014 World Cup betting markets Russia is $67 to win the tournament and $3.20 to win Group H.
Russia World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $67.00
Win Group H: $3.20
Qualify for next Round: $1.40
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $23.00
>>> Visit sportsbet.com.au for the latest Russia World Cup Odds
With Belgium likely to take out this group we expect Russia to finish in second spot and gain a path through to the second round.
There’s a couple of viable betting options for Russia at the World Cup including the $1.40 about them getting through to the next round, or the more favourable $2.00 about Russia exiting in the second round.
Group H Draw for Russia
Russia will meet Algeria, Belgium and South Korea in Group H at the World Cup and their first match is scheduled for Wednesday 18th June 2014 against South Korea at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Wed 18 Jun||Russia||vs||South Korea||8am||Cuiaba||Bet now|
|Mon 23 Jun||Belgium||vs||Russia||8am||Rio de Janeiro||Bet now|
|Fri 27 Jun||Algeria||vs||Russia||6am||Curitiba||Bet now|
Russia World Cup Squad
The 30 man Russia World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergey Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexey Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vasili Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Eshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Alexey Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Terek Grozny), Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow)
Midfielders: Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Yury Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexey Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Victor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Krasnodar)
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading)
The Head Coach of the Russia World Cup squad is Fabio Capello and team captain is Sergei Ignashevich.
World Cup players to watch for Russia
Centre-forward Alexandr Kerzhakov has an outstanding record scoring goals for his country and he can inflict pain in a matter of moments for opposition defefnders.
Midfielders Roman Shirokov and Yuri Zhirkov are in the veteran stages of their careers but the strength and drive they provide in the middle of the park for the likes of Kerzhakov up front will be crucial at this tournament.
CSKA Moscow’s Sergei Ignashevich appears ready to fire in central defence for Russia after playing in all World Cup qualifying matches on the way to Brazil.
Visit our Group H page for more info on the three remaining teams competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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