The Confederations Cup is a preparation tournament for the 2018 World Cup. Russia have qualified automatically and will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships. They are the favourites in the betting tip, while the All Whites have set the goal of becoming the first New Zealand team to win a match at the Confed Cup.
Russia are unbeaten in three games and have a higher squad value – favourites in the betting tip
Stanislav Cherchesov took over from Leonid Slutski as head coach. He signed a two-year deal and will have the difficult task to guide them through to the World Cup on home soil. Cherchesov’s men are in good shape and have lost only once in their last four games. A convincing 3-0 victory over Hungary was followed by hard-fought draw against Chile. Russia are undefeated in three successive matches. They hope to take that momentum into the tournament. Russia’s squad is now worth £80.50million, which is about six times the market value of New Zealand. Moreover, they can boast a strong offence and striker Smolov managed to score 18 goals in 22 league games this season. We think that the Russians have an advantage over the All Whites in our betting tip.
New Zealand need a great performance to beat hosts Russia – outsiders in the betting tip
The All Whites dream big as they want to be the first New Zealand team to win a game at the event. It will be their fourth appearance at the Confed Cup. On paper, New Zealand are the rank outsiders and anything but a defeat would be a big surprise. The 23 squad members put together by the All Whites have a combined squad value in today’s market of just £13.39m. This is far less than Russia’s squad value. Nonetheless, New Zealand are competitive internationally and have some very good players in their squad. In the qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the team of head coach Anthony Hudson finished their group in first place, five points clear of minions New Caledonia. They have qualified for the OFC final where they will face Solomon Islands.
Betting tip for Russia versus New Zealand
Russia have a good chance to make it to the knockout stages. They are in a group with New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico. Cherchesov’s side faces New Zealand in their opening match. There, they are considered favourites with odds between 1.26 and 1.37. A draw is likely and will pay out odds ranging from 4.33 to 5.30, including a value profit of 3.95%. The All Whites are the outsiders with odds between 8.00 and 10.50. The highest odds includes a good value profit of 5.17%. Our tip: Russia are unbeaten in three games and have a clear advantage over New Zealand in the squad value comparison. Moreover, the All Whites only achieved a scoreless draw against New Caledonia in the 2018 World Cup qualification. For that reason, we expect a clear Russian victory over New Zealand at best odds of 1.37.