Saudi Arabia are down at 67th while hosts Russia have fallen below them to 70th in recent weeks after a rotten run of seven games without a win.
Uruguay and Egypt make up Group A and there are fears the Russians won't qualify for the last 16.
To have a chance they must beat the Saudis and while World Cup openers are often turgid this could be more entertaining as a draw will suit no one – as for both it will be deemed to be their easiest outing.
Russia don't have any star men and struggle to score goals but the Saudis are decent going forward – Asian top scorers in qualifying – and proved that by netting in a 2-1 friendly defeats to Italy and Germany.
I don't want to take Russia – who haven't won in eight at major finals – at a short price of 4-9 with William Hill.
Backing goals in openers isn't usually the way to go but Russia haven't kept a clean sheet in 10 so consider both to score at a big price of 6-4 with McBookie.
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2pt Super Single
- Saudi Arabia +1 (4pm)
- (7-4, McBookie)
3pts Group Winners Fourfold
- Uruguay (A)
- France (C)
- Brazil (E)
- Germany (F)
- (18-5, BlackType)
3pts Group Qualifiers Treble
- Colombia (H)
- Denmark (C)
- Argentina (D)
- (31-10, BlackType)
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