Match Venue: Stadion Krestovskij
Match Date: 17 June 2017 | 21:00 (Asia GMT+8)
12BET (Football Tip) Tracking down history, no battles have ever unfolded between the two nations—Russia and New Zealand. However, at international matches, the hosting team holds a better disposition when it comes to performance as against the visitors.
Russia may not be amongst the most brilliant international teams, but Stanislav Cherchesov’s side is taking the Confederations Cup seriously in order to get a good start over enemy.
In the last five friendly matches of the team, Russia have only lost one game, won two, and held two notable matches in draw.
And as the battle against New Zealand fast approaches, anticipate the hosting nation to show what they can do on the pitch after a 12-month intensive training.
However, it cannot be denied that injuries to the likes of striker Artem Dzyuba and midfielder Alan Dzagoev are also threats that could hamper Cherchesov’s squad from winning.
Anthony Hudson will feature 3-4-1-2 against a tough challenge that will be hosted by Russia. Although the club has relatively shown improvements in performance, shadows of threats seem to lurk around considering that New Zealand have not faced any nation of significant pedigree yet.
With this, New Zealand have to score early in the tournament as an action taken in advance to protect the team from being swept by their counterparts.
Russia will be the favorites to win this contest, while New Zealand will struggle their way past the defenses of their rival.
Russia 1.33 (best odds here to step up the game)
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