Qatar vs Russia
International Friendly Match
Date: Thursday, 10th November 2016,
Kick Off at 16:00 UK.
Venue: Doha Stadium.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia will travel to Doha to face Qatar in an international friendly match as part of their preparations for the big showdown at the home country.
Since the disappointing elimination from the Euro 2016, Russia appeared in three friendly games. They were hardly impressive as the team suffered a home defeat to Costa Rica in a 3-4 thriller, before beating Ghana 1-0 and holding Turkey to a 0-0 draw. The new manager Stanislav Cherchesov is travelling with a relatively younger squad. As a number of senior players were axed from the squad after a lacklustre show at the European Championships in France.
Qatar on the other hand are in the third round of AFC zone of World Qualifiers. They had a wobbling start to the qualifying campaign losing the first three matches. However, they edged a narrow win in their most recent fixture against Syria to earn the first points. They are currently second from last in the group and will travel to China for the round 5 of the qualifiers on 15th November 2016.
Qatar vs Russia: Head-to-Head Stats
Qatar and Russia have met on two occasions in recent history. The Russians remain unbeaten with a win and a draw during the period.
Their latest meeting on 2011 ended in a 1-1 draw, while the previous one was on 1996, which ended 5-2 in favour of Russia. Both matches were played at Doha.
Qatar vs Russia: Prediction
Without a doubt, Russia have a far superior side, but they are also inexperienced. The head-coach Stanislav Cherchesov will be largely using this opportunity to tinker with his formation and tactics. However it is very likely that he wants to win the match to boost their FIFA rankings. Qatar are a capable side and have some quality players in their ranks. But so far, they haven’t done much against sides from Europe. So this one is also expected to end in favour of the visiting Russians.
Qatar vs Russia: Betting Tips
- Russia to win at 1.85.
- Asian Handicap: Russia -0.5 @1.925