The World Cup is finally here! The first game is upon us as we have the two best and non-sketchy teams who always play by the rules in Russia vs. Saudi Arabia! The Soccer noobs always think of the World Cup as the month where Messi, Pele, Neymar, etc. have shown their best and became superstars, but everyone knows that having the two worst teams at the World Cup battle it out on the first game is the perfect start! In all seriousness, I can't wait, even though this game is pretty shitty, it's the World Cup so there will be emotion, great moments and the crowd will be crazy. So let's break it down.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Group A)
Saudi Arabia: (+844)
All eyes will be on Russia as they kick off the first game against probably the best opponents for them in Saudi Arabia. Obviously, the Russians go into this game as huge favorites as they are the home team and of course their talent which is a million times better than Saudi Arabia. The two players we have to focus on for Russia is Fyodor Smolov and the Manchester United, Juventus and Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin. Golovin, turned 22 this year and looks like one of Russians best talents we have seen in decades, as he can score, pass and is versatile enough to play against other systems (unlike most of their players). Smolov on the other hand, in 21 appearances he scored 14 goals in the Russian league with six assists, and with his pace and finishing, he can cause a ton of problems for an inexperienced and just flat out bad Saudi Arabia backline. To be frank, I can't see anything but a big Russia win. At -243, even as a lock, I would stay away from Money Line, but the -1.25 spread at +105 is a great bet.
As for Props, I would take Feder Smolov to score at first at 3/1 odds.