Kick-off: 1500, 01/07/2018
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
TV: BBC One
Spain laboured through their World Cup pool but have a style to suit the knockout stages and are fancied to see off Russia in Moscow.
The hosts made a bright start to the tournament but appeared to have their limitations exposed in a heavy loss to Uruguay last time out.
We’re snapping up 21/20 for La Roja to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game as our main Spain vs Russia prediction.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain did just enough to secure top spot in Group B, beating Iran 1-0 in between 3-3 and 2-2 draws with Portugal and Morocco respectively.
Although dominating possession in each match, La Roja have been prone to defensive lapses in concentration, so stand-in boss Fernando Hierro will want a more focused display here.
He declared: “Obviously we can improve and there are things that definitely need to be worked on.
“We will definitely be self-critical – conceding five goals in three matches is not the way forward and it’s what I’ve told my players.
“If we concede so easily, it will be very difficult for us to reach our ultimate goal.”
Don’t forget they let in just three goals in 10 qualifiers, claiming seven clean-sheet victories!
A Look At Russia’s Betting Odds
Russia were so impressive in beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1 that doping allegations were made against Stanislav Cherchesov’s side by some members of the media.
However, the hosts suffered a chastening afternoon when crushed 3-0 by Uruguay, even if the first-half dismissal of Igor Smolnikov didn’t help.
Cherchesov defended his players, stating: “Even when we had 10 people on the pitch, they were running hard and they wanted to attack more.”
That scoreline could have been even more embarrassing if Uruguay had taken other good chances on the break, though, and similar tactics would allow Spain to pick them off, too.
We’re expecting a steadier approach from the hosts this time, which makes 6/1 for La Roja to register a routine 2-0 triumph worth adding to our Spain vs Russia betting tips.
SPAIN 2-2 Morocco – Isco, Aspas
Uruguay 3-0 RUSSIA
Head-to-head: Russia 3-3 Spain, Russia 0-3 Spain, Russia 1-4 Spain, Spain 0-0 Russia, Spain 1-0 Russia, Spain 1-0 Russia