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Sport Russia predicted XI: Saudi Arabia

16:56  13 june  2018
16:56  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Group A Match Preview: Russia vs Saudi Arabia

  Group A Match Preview: Russia vs Saudi Arabia The time has come. Russia vs Saudi Arabia will play host for opening the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Both teams come into this game with dreadful results in friendlies. Russia – coached by Stanislav Cherchesov, are without a victory in eight games that stretches back to last October. Friendlies don’t stack up to real competitive matches, but it does give an insight on confidence and belief which Russia seems to have been struggling as of late. It’s been 10 years since Russia got to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, however with their latest squad for this tournament it could be a quick exit for the hosts. Injuries have thwarted the side, defenders Georgy Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin plus forward Alexander Kokorin miss out on the final 23-man squad due to knee problems. Russia must improve from their last World Cup adventure four years ago to have any chance on making it out of the group stage on home soil. Coming third, with a measly two points in 2014 means it’s crucial getting off the mark this time with all three points – as they face tougher opponents (Egypt and Uruguay) later on. This is Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup since 2006. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will be looking to redeem his reputation, as he failed to guide Chile to qualify for this year’s World Cup. After taking the reigns of head coach of Saudi Arabia back in November, he gets his wish to prove himself at the World Cup.

Russia Predicted Starting Line up. Saudi Arabia likely XI . Goalkeeper:Abdullah Al-Mayouf. Defenders:Yasir Al-Shahrani, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mansour Al-Harbi.

Saudi Arabia ’s optimum target scorer Mohammad Al-Sahlawi is just one of the gamers neglected in most of the friendlies. He could get his identify of the starting up eleven as the lone striker at the price of the ineffective Muhannad Assiri. Russia likely beginning XI .

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Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the 2018 Fifa World Cup tomorrow afternoon in what is set to be a crucial opening match in Group A.

With Uruguay being the heavy favourites to top the group it is key for both of these sides that they get off to the perfect start in the tournament with a win.

The two teams come into the tournament as the two lowest ranked with the hosts placed 70th in the latest placings and their opponents just three places higher in 67th.

Russia come into the encounter in poor form having failed to claim a victory in their last seven encounters.

Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener

  Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener The midfielder was forced off just 24 minutes into his side's opening clash against Saudi Arabia in MoscowThe 27-year-old was forced off in the 24th minute after going down with the injury, with Denis Cheryshev taking his place.

Juan Pizzi has also yet to settle on a preferred starting XI , having experimented frequently in the recent warm-up friendlies. Hardly the most compelling match to start the long-awaited start of the World Cup, Russia v Saudi Arabia could likely be decisive as to who progresses in Group A. Despite being

Saudi Arabia likely starting XI . Al-Mayouf – Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani – Al-Faraj, Al-Khaibri – Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Jassim – Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. See Photo Below Of A Happy Naijalodite That Won ₦10,000 on Naijaloaded Predict Russia 3 Saudi Arabia 1. Reply.

As for Saudi Arabia, they have lost their last three matches although one of them included a narrow 2-1 defeat as well as a loss to the Italian’s who won’t be competing at the tournament after failing to qualify.

Here is how we feel the hosts will line up for the opening match of the competition.

Eden Hazard suffers injury scare ahead of the World Cup .
Eden Hazard limped out of Belgium’s World Cup warm up game against Costa Rica in the 70th minute. The Chelsea star was replaced by Mousa Dembele and looked in some discomfort as he made his way off the pitch. Before he limped off, Hazard was playing superbly well and looked to be in great form ahead of the World Cup. As of yet, there is no word on exactly what the issue was for Hazard but he did look to be in some pain as he made his way to the bench. Belgium’s first game of the World Cup is against Panama a week today and Roberto Martinez will be hoping that his star man is fit and firing. Even though Belgium would be confident of beating Panama without Hazard, Martinez will want his team playing together as a unit in the game as he looks to get his side gelling together, something which previous Belgium managers have been unable to accomplish.

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