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Bet £10+ on Russia v Saudi Arabia and get a £5 free bet for every goal Russia score

Free Bet World Cup 13 June 2018 - 14 June 2018

If you are excited about the World Cup but aren't all that interested in the opening match then this offer from Coral might be the perfect way to spice up the opening match of this Summer's tournament.

We are not going to lie to you; this doesn't look like it's going to be a football match of particularly high quality.

Ranked 66th in the world by FIFA, Russia are a shadow of the team that excited all of us at Euro 2006. They've also suffered a host of injuries in the build up to the World Cup, including their star striker Aleksandr Kokorin.

Saudi Arabia are one place behind Russia in the World Rankings and although they have some exciting attackers including Salem al-Dawsari, Yahya al-Shehri and Fahad al-Muwallad, Saudi's players - who mostly play in the domestic league - rarely get to face the world class opposition they'll face this summer.

Does history favour the hosts in the opening match?
World CupOppositionScore
2014 BrazilCroatia3-1
2010 South AfricaMexico1-1
2006 GermanyCosta Rica4-2
2002 Japan & South koreaBelgium & Poland2-2 & 2-0
1998 FranceSouth Africa3-0
1994 USASwitzerland1-1
1990 ItalyAustria1-0
1986 MexicoBelgium2-1
1982 SpainHonduras1-1
1978 ArgentinaHungary2-1
1974 West GermanyChile1-0
1970 MexicoSoviet Union0-0
1966 EnglandUruguay0-0
1962 ChileSwitzerland3-1
1958 SwedenMexico3-0
1954 SwitzerlandItaly2-1
1950 BrazilMexico4-0
1938 FranceBelgium3-1
1934 ItalyUSA7-1
1930 UruguayPeru1-0

In the above table we have listed all the opening matches for each World Cup host throughout the history of the World Cup - thank you Wikipedia!

Now, it is important to know that not every World Cup began with a match involving the host. In fact, this seems to have only really become a tradition after 2002. It is also important to remember that the early World Cups had started in the knockout stage. So, the first game would have been a must win.

Having taken this all into account it is still interesting to see that not once did a host team lose their opening game.

What about this match? well, Russia will have to play Uruguay and Egypt so we really see this as a must win for the host nation - not neccassarily in order to progress but to save some face. This is not a prime Russia team and they will not want to be the first host to lose their first match.

The Promotion

This Promotion offers you £5 in free bets for every goal Russia score. To qualify you must have bet £10 on the match.

Here are some terms and conditions:

  • One free bet per customer, per goal scored.
  • Maximum of five free bets per match.
  • Applies to goals scored in 90 mins.
  • Free bets valid for 24 hours.

To sign up just click on the 'Go To Coral Promo' button and follow the instructions.

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