When? Thursday 14th June, 16:00
Where? Stadion Luzhniki
What channel is it on? ITV1
Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player
Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-a-russia-saudi-arabia-egypt-uruguay-tickets/ca5910
Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):
Smolnikov, Ignashevich, Kutepov
Samedov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Zhirkov
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):
Al Burayk, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al Shahrani
Al Faraj, Otayf
Al Shehri, Al Jassim, Al Dawsari
Russia are actually ranked below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings but that is somewhat misleading. That said, this is a fairly poor Russian team and this opening match is something of a gift to the hosts. They should have too much quality for the Saudis over the 90 minutes, but it will not be easy. Expect the Saudis to be hard-working and well-drilled, and while they are unlikely to pose much of an attacking threat, they will be hard to break down for a Russian team that is short on attacking quality and flair. Eventually their edge in quality should tell, but do not expect many goals in this one as the hosts should edge it, while keeping a clean sheet.
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