Russia vs. Algeria Odds
BRAZIL (The Spread) – Russia and Algeria could each use a win today when they meet at 4PM ET as part of the 2014 World Cup.
This match is part of Group H with Algeria going 1-1-0 in its two matches while Russia is 0-1-1. Algeria likely only needs a draw to advance to the next stage, while Russia needs a win and for Belgium to beat South Korea. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Russia is favored to win this match, as it has odds of +100 to win, while Algeria has a money line of +250 to prevail. The odds of a draw have been set at +275, while the over/under total is listed at 2.5 goals.
Russia is now 17-15-7 all-time in World Cup action after playing South Korea to a 1-1 tie and losing to Belgium 1-0. Russia actually played well against Belgium, holding it scoreless for 87 minutes until the game-winner snuck by. Russia had 13 shots in the match to just 11 for Belgium while the Russians also held a 20-14 edge in tackles. Victor Fayzulin led Russia with three shots, two of which were on goal.
Algeria is now 3-6-2 in its World Cup history. Algeria fell to Belgium 2-1, but then beat South Korea 4-2. Algeria peppered South Korea with 15 shots, eight of which were on goal. The team also compiled a total of 22 tackles in the win. The key to the win was a set of three goals from Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou in a span of 12 minutes of play in the first half.