Last Updated: 2017-11-10
Match-up : Russia vs Argentina
Date : 11/11/2017
Time : 09:00 EDT (14:00 GMT)
Spread : Argentina -0.5
Total : 2.25 Goals
Argentina were in real danger of missing out on the World Cup, but they managed to get their act together and eventually finished at the 3rd spot of the CONMEBOL qualifying group. They will now travel to the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, where they will be hosted by Russia in a friendly match. Russia have played a ton of matches the past year, as they had been given a wild-card to the World Cup as hosts.
Russia Preview :
Russia haven’t played a competitive match since participating in the Confederations Cup back in June. They didn’t have much luck there, as they only defeated New Zealand by 2-0 in the opener, but recorded equal losses to Portugal (0-1) and Mexico (2-1).
They finished at the rd spot of Group A (1-0-2), scoring 3 goals against 3 conceded, and were eliminated from the remainder of the competition.
Russia will be eager to make an impact in the World Cup, considering the fact that it is held in their own country. Moreover, Russia were quite bad in the EURO Cup last year, where they played for a 1-1 draw against England, and lost to Wales and Slovakia in the group stage. They were of course eliminated.
They have played 6 friendly matches in 2017 (2-3-1), where they have defeated Hungary and South Korea, but lost to Ivory Coast. In their 9 matches in 2017, Russia have only kept a couple of clean sheets.
Argentina Preview :
On the other hand, Argentina managed to evade the danger of missing out on the World Cup, as they defeated Ecuador in the final match-day of the qualifiers, and saw other results go their way.
They did suffer a heart-attack when they saw their opponents take the lead in that match, but Argentina reacted perfectly and recorded a comfortable win after all.
They eventually finished at the 3rd spot of the Group (7-7-4), scoring 19 goals in the process, against just 16 conceded.
Argentina had a quite decent 3-4-2 record on the road in the World Cup Qualifiers, but they suffered quite a few upsets on the road. They lost to Bolivia without even scoring, while they were held to draws against Venezuela, Peru and Paraguay among others.
Russia vs Argentina Head-to-Head Stats :
The two teams have only met once in the past, again in a friendly match, where Argentina won by 2-3 on the road.
Russia vs Argentina Prediction :
Russia are still experimenting with their roster, as the coach hasn’t had the opportunity to play competitive matches in the qualifiers. Argentina have struggled a lot without Messi, but they made it to the World Cup. There is not reason to see a close match between the two.
Russia vs Argentina Betting Tips :
Considering the fact that this is an international friendly, we will see a lot of new faces in both squads. There is a good chance we will see goals from both sides here @ 1.97, while the Over 2.25 Goals @ 1.89 is also a good pick here.