The four year wait is finally over and on Thursday afternoon we can look forward to the 2018 World Cup kicking off in Moscow. This is the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and hosts Russia will face Saudi Arabia in this match, will be played at Luzhniki Stadium.
Russia’s preparations for the world cup haven’t gone well and they lost to Austria (1-0) and they drew another match against Turkey which was played last week. They are the lowest ranked side in the FIFA World rankings and they are placed at 70th rank.In recent times also Russia didn’t play much. They drew two matches and lost 4 matches in their last 6 matches.
On the other side, Saudi Arabia is another worst nation at the tournament, but they performed well in warm up matches and also showed lot of enthusiasm. Although they lost to Germany ( 2-1),Peru (3-0) and Italy (2-1), they showed lot of good performance. This team also has another advantage 10 of their 23 man squad play for the same club. Saudi Arabia lost 4 matches and won 2 matches in their last 6 matches.
Team News :
- Goal Keeper Igor Akinfeev will lead this side.
- All players are fit and they are ready to win the first match of the tournament.
Saudi Arabia :
- Mohammad Al-Sahlawi is likely to start up and all their players are also fully fit.
Russia Probable Starting Line Ups
Akinfeev ; Fernandes, Ignashevich, Kutepov / Granat, Zhirkov ; Zobnin, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Dzagoev, Samedov ; Smolov
Saudi Arabia Probable Starting Line Ups
Al-Mayouf ; Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani; Al-Faraj, Al-Khaibri, Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Jassim, Al-Sahlawi
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