If the bookmakers are to be believed, prior to a ball being kicked in Group H, Russia and South Korea are essentially battling it out for second spot behind Belgium and even if it’s too early to make that kind of assumption, the two teams will be acutely aware that their chances of qualification for the knockout phase might hinge on their meeting in Cuiaba.
Punters feel the Russians have the edge, so Fabio Capello’s men have been cut to 11/10 by Ladbrokes to land all three points at the Arena Pantanal, where bet365 have nudged their opponents out to 16/5.
The stalemate has also drifted, to 5/2 via BetVictor and in this case it looks like the money is heading in the right direction.
Nevertheless, there shouldn’t be much in it and as case can certainly be made for Ladbrokes’s 3/1 about a Russia victory by a one goal margin while the same firm make them 13/2 to shade it 1-0.
Alternatively, another 3/1 (Paddy Power) shot stands out. Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev was the joint top scorer in Euro 2012 with three even though his side didn’t make it out of the group so he knows where the goal is and at 3/1 he’s overpriced to notch at any time in this one.
Alan Dzagoev to score at any time – 3/1 (Paddy Power)