The RUS vs SAU match preview –
The Footballing bonanza i.e FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is finally here and the whole world will be watching the opening game between the hosts and Saudi Arabia with a lot of interest. Yes, it’s given that the organisers could’ve set a more enticing encounter as the opening act with big-name name players or teams, but this match shouldn’t be underestimated at all.
Hosts Russia will be looking to not emulate the unfortunate feat of South Africa when they failed to qualify for the Round of 16 stage after being the hosts. With Uruguay and Egypt in this group, the possibility of that happening is high, but they can take a giant leap in points and in confidence if they go out on Thursday and win the game.
One of the boosts for the team is their talisman Alan Dzagoev is finally fit and can play for his country after missing out on the last two international competitions.
However, they have a battle in their hands against a flamboyant Saudi Arabia. The management has made bizarre decisions along the way by letting go Bert Van Marwijk helped the team qualify. Instead, they brought in Chile’s former coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. As a matter of fact, this decision has received heavy criticism as they replaced a coach who took a team to the tournament with someone who didn’t.
Saudi Arabia has Mohammad Al-Sahlawi who was the joint top-scorer in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying.
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When and where?
This match is to be played at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 81,000 and it is going to be a cloudy day in Moscow with no chance of precipitation.
Where to watch Russia vs Saudi Arabia live?
The clash will take place at 8:30 PM (IST) on June 14th, 2018 and can be streamed live on Sony LIV and Sony Ten 2.
RUS vs SAU recent form (Last six matches)
Russia –D L L L D L
Russia has been in dismal form in their preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018. They haven’t won in their last six games and have fallen short to four times. In 2010, South Africa was the first team in the history of this tournament to be eliminated from the group-stage being the hosts, and if Russia wants to avoid being in that unwanted category, they need to get their act together quickly against a rampant Saudi Arabia side.
Saudi Arabia– L L L W W L
The Asian side has a similar luck in their form department. They’ve lost three in a row to Germany, Peru and Italy. However, the experience of playing against high-profile teams would’ve helped the side to prepare better for the World Cup and bounce back.
RUS vs SAU Head to head
Russia Won – 0
Saudi Arabia Won – 1
Not Decided – 0
This encounter on June 14th will be the second time the teams will clash with each other. In their first meeting in 1993, Saudi Arabia gave a resounding thumping to Russia and was victorious by a scoreline of 4-2.
RUS vs SAU Team News:
- Russia captain Igor Akinfeev might be playing his last World Cup for his country and will be charged up to show he’s one of the best in the business.
- Rising star Aleksandr has the eyes of the football scouts on him and the onus is on the 20-year old to perform at the level expected of him.
- Veteran Yuri Zhirkov is expected to feature.
- Saudi Arabia is still not affirming in their decision of who should be their no.1 choice in the Goalkeeping department.
- The team has some serious firepower in their striking department with the likes of Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and Al-Nassr.
- Yahya Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari are key players for the Asian side.
RUS vs SAU Probable Playing 11:
Saudi Arabia (4-1-4-1) –
Al-Mayouf, Al-Berik, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Al Shahrani, Otayf, Faraj, Al-Shehri, Al-Jassim, Al-Dawsari, Al-Sahlawi
Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Dzagoev, Golovin, Smolov
*Since this is the first game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia and for the teams as well, the lineups can have some subtle changes. The predictions will get more accurate as the tournament progresses.
Players to look out for-
- Aleksandr Golovin
- Mohammad Al-Sahlawi
Gambling India Info Match Prediction Russia vs Saudi Arabia –
Russia is playing their first game in the FIFA World Cup at their home for the first time and we expect them to come out all guns blazing. It will be a close attacking encounter, but the home crowd support to propel Russia to win this game by a close margin.
Important Live Updates:
Both the teams have a full 23-man squad to choose from with no player suffering from any untimely or training injury. We will update if anything pops up
Russia – For the host nation in this match, it’s all about midfield. They do have far more experienced and talented men to play in the middle of the park with the likes of Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Golovin, and Alexander Samedov are expected to start in this game, whilst Fyodor Smolov is their best man forward.
Saudi Arabia – For Saudi Arabia Al-Abed, Fahad Al-Muwallad and Al-Shehri will definitely feature in this game. Abed scored five times in the qualification stages, while Al-Muwallad pocketed the most important goal for his country which secured his nation’s participation in Russia. Also, at just 27 years, Al-Shehri remains the most experienced player in Saudi Arabia team, having played for his country since 2009.
Juan Antonio Pizzi continuously rotated between Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri during the warm-up games. There’s no certainty who will get the nod up front for the away side.
Winning formula for this match – Russia haven’t won a World Cup match in the last 16 years while it is 24 years for Saudi Arabia since they won their last match in the World Cup finals. We are backing the hosts to snap their stuttering form here, and expect them to win this game.
The best combination you can go for is to maximize the number of Russian players in your squad, keeping visitors’ to a meager number. Akinfeev could be your Goal-Keeper while in defending department, again more Russian players, while a combination of both the countries in the middle of the park may be your best shot.
RUS vs SAU Dream 11 Team Predictions-
We have taken Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Fyodor Smolov and Mohammad Al-Sahlawi in both our teams as we expect these four to be the most important players for their teams. They will be involved with the game majority of the time and their performances will dictate the result on Thursday.
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