The Green Falcons return to elite level for the first time since 2006 but not much is expected of them, judged on the Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 odds.
Saudi Arabia made a real impact at their maiden World Cup in 1994, beating Morocco and Belgium to progress to the last 16, only to then lose 3-1 to Sweden.
After that, they went on to qualify for the next three tournaments, but suffered nine straight defeats, conceding 26 goals and scoring only four.
Russia 2018 offers the chance of a fresh start, though, and the Green Falcons showed they are up for a fight by reaching this stage.
A 1-0 win over Japan in the final round of Asian qualifying fixtures helped them pip Australia to second place behind the Samurai Blue on goal difference.
Pizzi is also a respected coach, having led Chile to the final of last year’s Confederations Cup before moving on after they failed to qualify for this event.
Even so, few Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions will have them advancing any further, with an opening encounter against the hosts being the first of three tough tests.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi is one player to watch out for, though, after he fired in an impressive 16 goals in qualifying, including five in one game against Timor-Leste.
The 31-year-old will obviously face stiffer opposition this summer, but did spend some time training with Manchester United to prepare.
Almost all of Saudi Arabia’s players ply their trade in their own country, but a few have gained extra experience in Spain.
Forward Fhad Al-Muwallad had a spell on loan with Levante, making one brief LaLiga appearance towards the end of the season.
Midfielder Yehya Al-Shehri joined Leganes in January but struggled to secure any playing time, while the same applies to Salem Al Dawsari at Villarreal.
Two valiant veterans will provide useful know-how, with centre-half Osama Hawsawi and midfielder Taiseer Al-Jassim both having 130-plus caps.
Rank (world): 67
WC appearances: 4
Best effort: Last 16 in 1994
Road to Russia
KSA 1-0 Japan
UAE 2-1 KSA
Australia 3-2 KSA
KSA 1-0 Iraq
Thailand 0-3 KSA
Japan 2-1 KSA
KSA 3-0 UAE
KSA 2-2 Australia
Osama Hawsawi (D)
Taiseer Al-Jassim (M)
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (F)
Juan Antonio Pizzi – ARG