Betting on Saudi Arabia hasn’t led to queues forming outside bookies. This possibly has a lot to do with the fact that this is only there fifth appearance at a World Cup event.Don’t let that put you off though, with odds of 1000 – 1 though, that should be putting you off. On a serious note, we’d be talking about it for a jolly long time if they manage to get their mits on this prestigious trophy.There maybe not the team to back to win outright, but keep an eye on their leading goal scorer. He was joint leading scorer in the qualifiers and so could be worth naming when looking to bet on group leading scorers, we’re confident he’ll manage to bag looking at their group games.
Odds on Saudi Arabia lifting the World Cup
Officially ranked at position 63, of the official FIFA ranking position it’s no surprise that this team isn’t being greatly tipped. The best they’ve managed in all the times they’ve qualified is getting into the last 16, which was back in 1994.But don’t let that put you off, look at how well Algeria did at the tournament in Brazil, back in 2014. The fact is there group isn’t as tough as what Algeria faced in Brazil. So, what are we saying? Well, we think they’ve a good chance of getting through and we’re sure you’ll see a lot tipping them to qualify into the last 16.
Saudi’s Squad for the 2018 World Cup
Coached by Argentinian Juan Antonio Pizzi, once a prolific striker who was in the Spanish squad at the European Finals in 1996 and the World Cup in 1998. Though, his management career hasn’t quite flourished in the same way his playing days did. He took charge of Saudi in November 2017, having failed to qualify with Chile for the 2018 World Cup.Saudi Arabia’s star man, and possibly a name to consider when putting an accumulator bet together is Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, who finished joint top-scorer in the World Cup’s qualifying matches. He’s certainly been the stand out man so far for Saudi, he’s blessed with fast feet and a great turn of pace and is heralded as a genuine star within the realms of Saudi football.
Saudi’s path to the World Cup
One thing that quickly became apparent, at their home matches, was the enthusiasm of the home support from the Saudi fans. Stadiums would be packed to the rafters and no one could fault the enthusiasm and passion shown towards their national team.It was against Japan, in September last year, where Fahad Al Muwallad scored the winner that secured Saudi Arabia a place in the 2018 World Cup. Having previously failed to qualify for the world cup in the last 12 years, Muwallad won them the points that ensured they’d be at the World Cup in Russia for 2018.They also put in a strong performance in Iran, it took 2 penalty conversions to seal a 2 – 1 victory, many saw this games as the turning point in their path to Russia. Al Abid starred in this game and despite going 1 down within the first 20 minutes, they managed to pull it back toward the end of the match.The last international friendly, back in November 2017, saw them lose a tight game against Bulgaria. They succumbed to a late strike and left losing by a goal to nil.Saudi finished second in their group, beating Australia by goal difference with both on 19 points. Al Muwallad secured their place in the World Cup, in the earlier mentioned game against Japan in front of a packed stadium in Jeddah.
Odds on winning the group
They’re placed within the same group as Russia, the home team who many expect to win this group. Though why anyone would be underestimating Uruguay is anyone’s guess. We’ve a feeling that they could just sneak in, if they get lucky against the two big guns in the group.We think they’ll compete against Uruguay and more than likely beat Egypt. How they’ll fair in the opener against Russia could very well decide on whether or not they’ll make the second spot.