Russia vs Portugal 2017 Confederations Cup Preview & Soccer Odds

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 19, 2017 in

The host team in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup; Russia will take on Portugal at Otkrytie Arena in Group A action. This match will take place on Wednesday night. On June 17th, Russia downed New Zealand 2-0, and Portugal fought with Mexico in a 2-2 tie. Portugal’s next game is against Russia, while the Russians will get Mexico on June 24th. You can bet Russia at 3/1 in the soccer odds, while Portugal is available for betting at 5/6. Let’s take a look at the matchup in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup between Russia and Portugal.

Russia vs Portugal 2017 Confederations Cup Preview & Soccer Odds

When: Wednesday June 21, 2017; 10:00 am CT
Where: Otkrytie Arena, Russia
TV: FS1 / FS2
Radio: None
Stream OptionFox Soccer 2Go
Soccer Odds: Russia 3/1, Portugal 5/6

Why Bet on Russia?

Team Russia has all sorts of fire power, but their 31 year old goaltender Igor Akinfeev has been the anchor. Russia has seen 3 shutouts in their last five meetings. The offense for Team Russia comes from the combination of Denis Glushakov and Fyodor Smolov. Those two lead a very solid offensive attack.

This nation has qualified for Three World Cups in their history amd they are the host of the 2018 World Cup as well. They also have qualified for five European Championships, with their most recent in 2016. The Russians do not forget the bount back in 2004 when they were throttled by Portugal 7-1.

Portugal is a underdog in the soccer odds against Russia.

Why Bet on Portugal?

Portugal is an extremely talented squad that has not lost in their last three bouts. The tie against Mexico was pretty expected, and actually a decent affair for Portugal. They will use 29 year old goaltender Rui Pedro Dos Santos Patricio. In the push against Mexico both Cedric Soares and Ricardo Quaresma scored goals.

At Euro 2016, Portugal came away with it’s first ever major trophy. The team won 1-0 over France. The momentum has been building for sometime in home games, the Estadio Nacional is a buzz as they are crazy for their captain Ronaldo, and their head coach Fernando Santos.

Expert Pick & Prediction

The most talented team is likely Team Portugal. But, this is a match where the talent may not complete win out. The Russians are good enough to come away with a win here, and they are going to be playing in front of their home fans, but there is something to be said about the absolute desperation of the home team to have a chance to qualify for the World Cup in their own country.

Lastly, look for a low scoring match, like most of the games in the Confederation Cup. In the end, the home team is going to win this match. Bet Team Russia at 3/1 odds to win this game on Wednesday, and have a great crowd to celebrate the upset win.