This Saturday begins the Confederations Cup and the opening match is between hosts from Russia and considered as Outsider New Zealand.
Russia hosts the world championship in just one year and anyone in the country hopes that the team will finally make a big breakthrough in world finals. As a host, Russia is ranked right for the World Cup and therefore does not participate in world qualifications. Russia's last 9 games were only friendly games, so there is no way to make any deeper conclusions about the current form of the team.
New Zealand for the first time participated in this race and will try to present itself worthy. However, New Zealand remains an outsider and it will be a real miracle if they win a point in the duels against Russia, Portugal and Mexico. In its last 2 friendly games, New Zealand recorded minimum losses by 1:0 from Northern Ireland and Belarus.
Interesting facts about the match:
Russia recorded a loss and two draws in its last 3 home games.
New Zealand recorded 2 losses in its last 2 games.
Russia and New Zealand have not played so far against each other.
The last 5 New Zealand away games ended with less than 2.5 goals.
The opening matches of a tournament are always a bit more intense and the quality of the football is lower. It is noteworthy that New Zealand is not a very scoring team but also it's difficult to score goals to them, so my guess is that this game will end with less than 2.5 goals.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- PickUnder 2.5
- Odds-105 Bet365
- Match result2-0 (+7.60)
Head 2 head Statistics
Last 5 home Russia
|14.11.17||Russia - Spain||3-3||Frien|
|11.11.17||Russia - Argentina||0-1||Frien|
|10.10.17||Russia - Iran||1-1||Frien|
|07.10.17||Russia - Korea Republic||4-2||Frien|
|21.06.17||Russia - Portugal||0-1||Confe|
Last 5 away New Zealand
|16.11.17||Peru - New Zealand||2-0||Inter|
|06.10.17||Japan - New Zealand||2-1||Frien|
|05.09.17||Solomon Islands - New Zealand||2-2||WC Qu|
|21.06.17||Mexico - New Zealand||2-1||Confe|
|17.06.17||Russia - New Zealand||2-0||Confe|
Last 5 away Russia
|24.06.17||Mexico - Russia||2-1||Confe|
|05.06.17||Hungary - Russia||0-3||Frien|
|10.11.16||Qatar - Russia||2-1||Frien|
|31.08.16||Turkey - Russia||0-0||Frien|
|11.06.16||England - Russia||1-1||Europ|