2018 FIFA World Cup – Spain vs Russia Preview


When? Sunday 1st July, 15:00

Where? Luzhniki Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE



  • Spain came through their group but not without the occasional scare and the five goals conceded are a major concern for Fernando Hierro.
  • The starting eleven is relatively settled at the moment with just one midfield spot seemingly up for grabs between Koke and Thiago.
  • They will know they have to improve defensively and avoid the individual errors which have been far too rife in the group stage.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

De Gea

Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Alba

David Silva, Busquets, Koke

Iniesta, Diego Costa, Isco

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None


  • Russia were unceremoniously hammered by Uruguay in their last group game but they were not helped by a first half red card for Smolnikov.
  • He misses out here through suspension while Cherchesov will wait as long as possible to check on the fitness of star playmaker Dzagoev.
  • Otherwise the likelihood is that after making some rotations against Uruguay, they will revert to the team that beat Egypt.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):


Fernandes, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Zhirkov

Gazinskiy, Zobnin

Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev


Unavailable: Smolnikov

Doubtful: Dzagoev


This is essentially an away game for Spain, but as Uruguay showed in the last group game, the Russian crowd can be silenced pretty quickly. Spain's matches have been uncharacteristically open as they look vulnerable at the back, but they should have far too much quality going forward for Russia.