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Slovenia vs Russia: Prediction and Betting Tips
Slovenia hoping to maintain their home record
Step one of Slovenia’s unlikely WCQ bid landed as they swept minnows Malta aside 4-0 last time out. In fact, that result has set this game up as a ‘win or bust’ for Slovenia. As a result, coach Matjaz Kek’s team will be all but consigned to a third-straight failed WCQ campaign if they fail to win. Even with a victory, Slovenia’s fate is ultimately in the hands of others.
Evidently, this will be the 24th match held at Ljudski vrt in Maribor and it’s a ground at which Slovenia often perform well (W15, D3, L5). That record could well improve here as Slovenia are actually unbeaten at home in ten internationals dating back two years. In effect, that run includes eight clean sheets and a victory over the 2018 World Cup runners-up, Croatia.
Slovenia Key points
- Slovenia failed to score in three of their last ten matches
- In their last five home matches, Slovenia had three clean sheets
- Three of the last five matches of Slovenia saw under 2.5 goals
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Russia to rely on their fine form in this tough away game
The most successful sides often grind out results even when things aren’t going their way. Significantly Russia won a third-straight game without conceding last time out (1-0). Despite recording less possession, shots and corners than Slovakia. Currently, Russia are enjoying their longest run of competitive clean sheets (four) since an identical run in 2014 WCQ.
Although Russia cannot finish this round outside the top two, they will have one eye on their final fixture against Croatia. Interestingly, that could end up as almost a ‘cup final’ in a straight shootout for the top spot. But first of all, they must carry on their positive momentum in this awkward fixture.
Russia Key Points
- Russia have four clean sheets in their last four games
- Karpin’s team scored in eight of their last ten matches
- “Our Guys” last four matches saw under 2.5 goals
Slovenia vs Russia Prediction
Everything surrounding this match leads to the fact that this match will be a low-scoring one. Even the bookies are predicting that as they offer 1.55 odds for under 2.5 goals.
Surely, as the qualification games come to their critical stages, all teams will do all they can to avoid defeat. Thus defensive style will be the dominant factor in the coming games.
Moreover, the fact that both Slovenia and Russia are having low-scoring games lately makes this one a real candidate to see a few goals. Consequently, we will back under 3.5 goals combined with a double chance at Vbet.
Slovenia vs Russia Betting Tips
Draw or Slovenia win and under 3.5 goals 1.73 at Vbet
Slovenia win or Russia win and under 3.5 goals 1.66 at Vbet
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