Russia vs New Zealand 2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 16, 2017 in

New Zealand takes on host Russia in the opener of group play at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, a warm-up tournament for next year’s World Cup. Russia and New Zealand will both be hard pressed to advance from their group, as the other two teams are Portugal and Mexico, and only two go out to the semifinal round, so these two teams could be looking for their only points of group play in this matchup. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest soccer odds for this matchup.

Russia vs New Zealand 2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Odds

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11:00am ET
Where: Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
TV: FS1
Radio: None
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
Soccer Odds: Russia at -1½

Why should you bet on Russia?

Russia has the advantage here as far as speed and talent go — and they won’t be intimidated by New Zealand’s recent performances, which included losses to Belarus and Northern Ireland. Russia is expected to just use three men along the back, and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is expected to take his usual spot between the pipes.

In recent friendlies, the Russians have drawn Chile and Belgium and just lost once in their last five. Given New Zealand’s lack of speed, Russia should be able to take this game in hand relatively quickly, particularly in front of their home fans.

New Zealand is the underdog in the soccer odds against the Russia.

Why should you put your money on New Zealand?

There’s always a reason they play these games — you just never know what might happen. However, striker Chris Wood, in an interview with Bleacher Report, referred to the Confederations Cup as a “really special occasion” — more of an opportunity than a competitive situation, and the New Zealanders have never won a match at a Confederations Cup. However, if Russia makes some key errors in possession, it only takes one or two shots for New Zealand to take an early lead.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I don’t give New Zealand much of a shot against the host nation. I predict a 3-1 win for Russia.