Saudi Arabia will collide against Russia to kick start the World Cup 2018 tonight. The hosts should be considered favorites to earn all three points. In your opinion, Who will come out on top?
As far as Russia’s team news is concerned, veteran goal keeper and captain Igor Akinfeev should start in the goal.
In the back line, we can expect the hosts to play a back three and defenders like Smolnikov, Kutepov and Ignashevich will likely start.
The likes of Samedov and former Chelsea star Yuri Zhirkov should starr in the wing-back positions for Russia.
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As far as the midfield is concerned, Spartak Moscow’s Zobnin should partner Krasnodar’s Gazinskiy in the center of the park.
In the attacking third, CSKA Moscow stars Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin should start behind 28-year-old lone center forward Fyodor Smolov, who plays for Krasnodar.
Prediction: Russia 2-0 Saudi Arabia
Here is Russia’s predicted 3-4-2-1 XI vs Saudi Arabia.