Portugal need to beat Russia here if they are to have any chance of topping Group F and qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil. We have the latest betting odds ahead of this crucial match and our odds comparison service means you always get the best price whatever you’re backing.

Russia currently top the group with a 100% record whilst in contrast Portugal, though just a point behind, have played two games more and dropped seven points. Russia won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in October and with Portugal losing their last home match, a friendly against Ecuador, it is a surprise to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s team as short as evens (with BetVictor) to get the result here.

The visitors, who have so far won all their games without conceding a goal are being expertly managed by Fabio Capello and drew with Brazil in their last game (a friendly). At 3/1, also with BetVictor, they look an excellent prospect against a side for whom Ronaldo seems more a divisive superstar than inspiring leader.

The match is unlikely to be high-scoring, given Capello’s tactical nous and the fact they would be more than happy with a draw. They will view this as the hardest game of the group and would take 0-0 if it was offered to them now. Betting odds of 3/1 looks like a great price but the safer bet is to take draw/Russia on the double chance market at 7/9 with bet-at-home.

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