FIFA Confederations Cup is starting this Saturday, and the opening match will be played between the hosts Russian Federation and New Zealand.
This will be the final test for Russia before the World Cup, which is about to be held in this country during the next year. On the other hand, New Zealand wants to put their own aspirations of competing with best football nations of the world.
The Russians are still in the process of building the national team for the upcoming World Cup. But so far, they haven’t produced any great performances. Throughout the past several games many players were tested because the new coach Stanislav Cherchesov wants to experiment in order to find the best possible starting line-up. Also, he wants to add younger players to the squad, and that is why the Russian national team didn’t put down some amazing results. Since the European Championship in France, they played 9 games, recording 3 victories, defeats, and draws apiece.
In the last 5 games played at home, the Russian team has only one victory, against Romania in November last year. Along with that, Sbornaya has 2 defeats and two draws.
But what encourages the fans, is the fact that they didn’t lose in the last 3 contests, putting down a convincing victory on the road against Hungary 0-3 and draws against Belgium and Chile.
New Zealand Preview
Whenever the Kiwis leave Oceania, they lose. In the last 4 games played with the national teams which are not from their qualifications zone, New Zealand managed to put down only one draw, and that happened against the United States back in October of 2016. Kiwis couldn’t score a goal in the last two friendlies against Northern Ireland and poor Belarus. The same thing applies for the Confederations Cup where they lost 8 of their 9 games. This competition will be a perfect test for New Zealand’s strength, because the opponents in their World Cup qualifiers are far away from respectable squads, with all due respect. 7 out of the last 8 matches they played, were finished with under 2.5 goals. But as we previously said many of those games were against the teams who do not possess a high quality.
Russia vs New Zealand Head to head
This meeting at Confederations Cup will be the first match in history between these two sides. So far not even a friendly match was recorded.
Russia vs New Zealand Prediction
We believe that the hosts are going to win this match and also that under 2.5 goals are about to be seen. Both Russia and New Zealand don’t create many chances throughout the game which is the main reason why we picked up this bet. One additional motive for the Russian side is 8 months without a victory on home soil. We are 100% sure that home players are going to give everything they have to bring some joy to their fans and countrymen.