Russia vs New Zealand Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
Russia has been awarded with a chance to give its infrastructure a run out in summer of 2017 as they host the FIFA Confederations Cup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The host nation will also be keen to put in a solid performance on the pitch. First challenge is called New Zealand which comes in an opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
H2H History: Russia vs New Zealand
FIFA Confederations Cup: Russia vs New Zealand 17.06.2017
Most recent friendlies played by Russia have gone relatively well starting with a 3-0 win over Hungary, followed by a draw (1-1) against Chile one week ago.
Considering Russia’s poor results at the UEFA Euro 2016 last summer they will be enthusiastic to achieve a breakthrough in the host tournament, which will be a decent warm up prior the World Cup next summer.
New Zealand lost twice with the same score earlier this month. First of all New Zealand lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Belfast, which has been followed by another defeat in Belarus on Monday.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Russia have brought their strongest selection available for the 2017 Confederations Cup, with experienced goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev captaining the squad and left winger Yuri Zhirkov playing a key role in midfield. Denis Glushakov and Aleksandr Samedov are other key figures with certain experience, while Fedor Smolov looks favourite to lead Russian attack alongside both Rostov forwards – Dmitry Poloz and Aleksandr Bukharov. This may happen if Stanislav Cherchesov decides to start with three attackers.
Anyway, Russia must deal without some key players who are unavailable for different reasons – Alan Dzagoev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Kokorin are part of them.
Besides strikers Chris Wood and Shane Smeltz, Sunderland’s defender Sam Brotherton and midfielder of French Marseille Bill Tuiloma are probably the most recognizable players in a largely unknown New Zealand selection.
Thus we can clearly describe the “All Whites” as clear underdogs not only in Group A, but in the whole competition. Moreover, head coach Anthony Hudson can’t rely on two of the experienced players like captain Winston Reid and veteran Rory Fallon.
Russia vs New Zealand Prediction and Betting Tips
We expect a victory for Russia but this won’t happen that easily as most people expect to. Most likely the host nation will earn the whole set of points before upcoming decisive encounters against Portugal and Mexico but this won’t happen in a high-scoring game.
New Zealand will try to slip someone from all other contenders but we don’t expect nothing else than deep defending by the champions of Oceania.
Our betting prediction goes on “Russia To Win and Under 2.5 Goals”.
Venue: “Krestovsky Stadium”, Saint Petersburg.
Referee: Wilmar Roldan from Colombia.
Possible Lineups of Russia and New Zealand
Russia: Igor Akinfeev – Roman Shishkin, Viktor Vasin, Fedor Kudryashov – Aleksandr Samedov, Denis Glushakov, Aleksandr Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov – Fedor Smolov, Dmitry Poloz, Aleksandr Bukharov. (3-4-3)
New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic – Andrew Durante, Tommy Smith, Michael Boxall – Tom Doyle, Ryan Thomas, Bill Tuiloma, Kip Colvey – Michael McGlinchey – Chris Wood, Marco Rojas. (3-4-1-2)