Most people didn't fancy the Russian whose form in the run-up to the finals had been poor but the Saudis defenced like a non-league side and never got going in forward areas.
Well done to those who backed the Russians including Johnb who was super-confident and indeed backed them to score 3+.
On Friday Spain tackle Portugal in a game that could decide who finishes top in Group C while Group B favourites Uruguay tackle a dangerous Egypt.
Uruguay have lost just one of nine with six clean sheets so it’s clear Egypt will need to have Mo Salah at his best if the Liverpool star is ready to start following his shoulder injury. Update: Salah starts on the bench.
Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are a frightening front two to face for any side and the Egyptians could struggle to contain them.
Uruguay aren’t a bad price at 4-7 with William Hill and McBookie and I’m tempted by them at 9-5 with McBookie -1.
Cavani’s aerial power could trouble the African qualifiers and he is 10-3 at bet365 to break the deadlock while Suarez is 3-1. To score at anytime Cavani is 6-5 at bet365 while Suarez is the same price at Unibet. Salah may not start but is 3-1 at 888sport to score and 15-2 at Unibet to net first.
The Spain v Portugal game is dominated by the sacking of Julen Lopetegui just two days before the big kick-off and he’s been replaced by Fernando Hierro.
Who knows how badly that move will hit Spain and a draw could be the way to go as it will suit both sides.
I fancy Isco to net for Spain at 13-2 with Unibet while Cristiano Ronaldo will have backers at 12-5.
In the other group match take Morocco at 27-20 with BetStars to beat Iran or take 8-13 draw no bet.
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2pts Super Single
- Cavani to score
- (6-5, bet365)
2pts Daily Double
- Morocco draw no bet
- (8-5, Marathonbet)
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)
World Cup Super Singles Total: -2pts
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