Today’s Russia vs Brazil preview takes a look at an International Friendly Match between the host nation of this year’s World Cup Finals tournament and the country that has lifted the trophy more than anyone else. The fixture is the Russians sixth home game in succession, while it’s the Brazilian’s second of three European based friendlies ahead of the summer. The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be at full capacity for this exciting match-up.
The home nation are without a win in three prior to this week’s Russia vs Brazil betting tips. Stanislav Cherchesov’s troops have won just two of their most recent seven contests in total. The Russians have chosen some tough opponents to help them prepare for a return to competitive action at the World Cup. Russia’s last couple of matches were against Argentina and Spain, where they lost 0-1 to the former and drew 3-3 with the latter.
Brazil Manager Tite is without the talismanic PSG striker Neymar for the game in Moscow due to injury, though three of his club teammates, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves make the cut. Defenders Rodrigo Caio, Fagner and Pedro Geromel are the only three Brazilian based players to make the squad, the rest all play outside South America. This will be the Canarinhos first fixture of 2018 and they lost only once in 2017.
The effect of the weather next week in Moscow is worth considering ahead of our free Russia vs Brazil bets. With sub-zero temperatures expected, some of the Brazilian players might find life uncomfortable at the Luzhniki Stadium. However, the South American side have never been beaten by their Russian counterparts in five previous meetings with them.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s men are without a win in three. Their 0-1 defeat to Argentina was sandwiched in between a disappointing draw with Iran and a pulsating 3-3 tie with Spain. Their opponents next week haven’t lost a game since last June. Coincidentally it was the Argentineans who beat the Samba Boys 1-0 on that occasion.
Under Tite, the Brazilians have developed a tough skin to complement their dazzling individual skill. Evidence to support that can be found in their scintillating away record. The Canarinhos have lost only one of their last twenty two matches outside Brazil since 2013 and even without Neymar, they have the all the tools to extend their great run in Moscow. Sunbets’ odds on today’s International Friendly match are number one for value and we couldn’t find better prices for the away win at any of their competitors.
If we leave the results aside for a minute, the away team under the microscope in this week’s Russia vs Brazil predictions have been efficient rather than explosive in terms of goal scoring on the road since the end of last year. In three of their last four away fixtures, under 2.5 goals were scored. Though that won’t be of too much concern to Tite.
The Samba Boys drew 1-1 in Colombia, drew 0-0 in Bolivia, they won 3-1 in Japan, before drawing 0-0 in an uneventful clash with England at Wembley. A more astounding statistic is the Brazilian’s goal concession record for their last ten away fixtures. Tite’s defence have kept seven clean sheets in their last ten away outings.
Furthermore, in the midst of the competitive club season, players on both sides will be keen to avoid injury and keep themselves as fresh as possible before returning to domestic action. That mind-set could lead to a direct drop in intensity levels in Moscow, which should in turn reduce the number of goals scored. The absence of Neymar is also likely to have an impact. With all that considered, the under 2.5 goal market looks a sound investment for our international football bets for today. Unibet have the most lucrative prices around for that selection, so make sure to examine them further.
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