The World Cup is now just hours away, with hosts, Russia, taking on Saudi Arabia on Thursday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Despite coming into the tournament as the lowest ranked nation, Russian fans will be confident that their side can overcome a pretty poor Saudi Arabia side on Thursday.
Russia know that this is a must win game for them, and with tougher tasks to come against Egypt and Uruguay, they must kick things off with a win in Moscow. Due to being the tournament hosts, Russia have only played three competitive games in the past three years, and the only one of them that they won was against New Zealand. They have also turned in a number of disappointing performances in friendlies in the past year or so and if they are to have any chance of progressing beyond the group stage at the World Cup, they will need the fans to get behind them.
Russia start Thursday’s match against Saudi Arabia as the big favourites and with the eyes of the world on them, you have to expect that Russia will pick up the victory. Much of the goal scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of Fyodor Smolov who has six goals in his last 12 appearances for his country. To coincide with Thursday’s match, Coral are running an offer for new and existing customers to take advantage of. They will give you a free £5 for every goal that Russia score in the match if you place a pre-match bet of at least £10 on Russia to win the game. This is a really simple offer to get involved with and all you need to do is hold a Coral account, place a pre-match bet of at least £10 on Russia to beat Saudi Arabia and then you will be credited with a free bet worth £5 for every goal Russia have scored after the match.
I think this is a really great offer, because I am confident that Russia will have enough quality to beat Saudi Arabia and they should score at least one or two goals in the game. If they score two goals, that would see you gain £10 in free bets (a complete list here) which is the same as your pre-match stake! Find more sites on Online-betting.org.