Spain vs. Russia
|Date & Time||Sunday July 1, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Spain -169 / Draw +315 / Russia +425 -- Over/Under: 2.5
We have some World Cup knockout stage action on Sunday as Spain takes on Russia in a round of 16 matchup from the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow.
Spain comes into this match as the winners of group B, edging out Portugal in terms of goals for by finishing with 5 of a possible 9 points. The Spaniards finished group play by narrowly escaping with a point in a 2-2 draw with Morocco on the final group matchday. Morocco led the match twice in the 14th minute and 81st minute, but equalizers from Isco and Iago Aspas helped Spain secure the point they needed to advance after drawing with Portugal and defeating Iran earlier in the group stages.
Russia reached the knockout round not only as the host country but also held their own pretty well throughout the group stage, recording a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia to start the tournament and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Egypt before being humbled by Uruguay 3-0 in their final group stage match, leaving the Russians in second spot in group A. Uruguay just flat out had Russia’s number in the game, with goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in addition to an own goal from Denis Cheryshev. The Russians were out possessed 56%-44% and outshot 17-3 and 7-1 in terms of shots on target.
These two teams have only met once in the last ten years, with the result being a 3-3 tie in a friendly back in November 2017.
Russia and the heavy plus money are worth a look considering that they have home field here and it only takes one bounce to completely turn a game on it’s head, especially in the knockout rounds. However, I think Spain really had a wake-up call after nearly being eliminated by Morocco, and this team is more focused than ever. Furthermore, Spain’s roster is built for high-pressure situations like this with arguably the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and a midfield general like Andres Iniesta. I think Spain advance with a win here and since I don’t see Russia mustering up much offense, braver bettors may want to take a shot at the Spain win to nil option.