Prediction Russia vs Slovakia WC Qualification UFEA
Russia vs Slovakia at the Kazan’ Arena on Friday, in their quest for qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at our Preview, Predictions, and Betting Tips.
Russia vs Slovakia: Our Tips
Our tips are free from bias and were compiled using the most current stats and figures at the time of publication.
- Prediction One: Russia @ 5/6
- Two-year prediction: Total goals under 2.5 @ 4/7
- Prediction 3: Fedor Smolov @ 8.5
Russia will keep its great home form going
Russia, after a good showing at the European Championships this summer, have returned to form in World Cup qualifying. They are now unbeaten in three games and arrive in this match having won two of their spins. Slovakia, who went to the Euros as well, isn’t in bad form, with only three losses in 10. Two key factors drive our decision-making however, we do lean towards Russia. First, Russia has played 44 qualifiers for the World Cup at home since becoming a nation. They have lost only one of their 36 games. Our logic also states that Slovakia is under pressure because there is no time left in the group and a draw is unlikely to be enough.
It’s a low-scoring affair.
Next, we predict that this match won’t be a clash of the ages. From the six qualifying matches, Russia has a goal average of less than 2.5 while Slovakia has a score average of 2.2. Both the general form and the head to head don’t look very different. Russia has seen four of its last five games in all competitions drop below 2.5, while Slovakia has seen a square 2.0 per game. Only two of their five previous meetings have been over the threshold.
Score with Smolov
We’ll end our tip by recommending Russian forward Fedor Skolov as a possible anytime scorer. He has scored six goals in 10 games for Lokomotiv Moscow, his club side. In his two previous Russian outings, he also contributed three goals. He was a part of two assists against Cyprus, and he scored the opener in their 2-0 victory over Malta.
The Key Statistics for Betting
- Russia has won two of their three World Cup qualifying matches.
- Russia has not lost an at-home game since the Euros.
- Since the Euros, Slovakia has won once, lost once, and drawn once in 3 World Cup qualifying matches.
Russia vs Slovakia Predictions and Analysis
They currently hold second place in H group with 13 points after 6 group games. The hosts have won three times, lost once and drawn once in their five previous World Cup qualifying games.
Russia enters this fixture after a comfortable win of 2-0 at home against Malta. Fyodor Smolov, Zelimkhan Bakaev both scored once each in the first half.
The visitors from Slovakia are currently in third place in Group H with 9 points. They have won twice, drawn twice, and lost once in their five previous World Cup qualifiers.
Slovakia entered this fixture after a 2 win over Cyprus, where Martin Koscelnik and Ivan Schranz got on the scoresheet.
We are backing Russia to win this match at 1.83 odds. They pose a threat at multiple points on the field, which will make it difficult for Slovakia to win.
We should therefore expect Russia to win this fixture.
Therefore, we support the odds of both teams scoring at 2.05 Russia will be looking to win the group with a greater goal difference. They will attack as soon as possible, leaving no room for defense.
Slovakia can score and attack with the spaces behind. Both teams should be scoring.
Russia vs Slovakia Head-to-Head
- These two sides have met 7 times in all competitions.
- In the 7 last games, 11 goals were scored.
- Each game has averaged 1.57 goals.
- The previous meeting between these sides was won by Slovakia 2-1.
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