Next Match RUSSIA- EGYPT 19 JUN 2018 – 21:00 Local time
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Russia is a splendid and the world’s largest nation with 17.1 million km² (Read here how much will have to fly England and Spain at World Cup in Russia) & 145 million population hosts its first Football World Cup.
With help of their own supporters hopes to drip the group stage for the first time after achieving the semi-finals at the 2008 European Championship.
After trials with very expensive international famous coaches like Fabio Capello and Guus Hiddink, Russia begins the World Cup 2018 with a native ambitious coach former goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov.
Having collapsed to progress from the group stage of any tournament since 2008, Russia doesn’t have a very successful history at the previous World Cups
The most important player of Russia is goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who is also the captain of the team. The 32 year old, has 104 caps and has big chances to reach the national team’s cap record of 120 soon.
The CSKA Moscow personality has experience, quick reactions and can help Russia to keep a clean sheet in many games and pass the group stage.
40 are the odds at New Bookie Betzest for Russia and 1000 for Saudi Arabia, to win World Cup 2018
Also Denis Cheryshev 27 year old the Russian left winger midfielder is certainly one of the most talented player on Russian National team. Villarreal player, is very creative and can make the difference at any moment, so will be vital for Russia at the World Cup.
Please see here the full 23-man squad of Russia
With 2.15 million km² Saudi Arabia and 33 million population is a desert country surrounding most of the Arabian Peninsula, with Red Sea and Persian (Arabian) Gulf coastlines.
This is their fifth Football World Cup, and had during qualification two coaches sacked. Argentinean coach Edgardo Bauza was fired nine days before World Cup draw after only five friendlies under his command. Saudi Arabia lost to Portugal and Bulgaria in April.
Bauza had been chosen in September 2017 to replace Dutch Bert van Marwijk, who was sacked regardless qualifying the team to their first Football World Cup since 2006.
The new Saudi Arabia coach is Argentinean Juan Antonio Pizzi, who was only named on Tuesday with the target of improving on Saudi Arabia’s best-ever performance at World Cup. Pizzi was Chile’s manager however, couldn’t get them to World Cup 2018 from qualification stage.
They key player of Saudi Aarabia is Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr). The 30-year-old striker was vital in helping his team to arrive to Russia World Cup by scoring 16 goals in qualification games.
Also Fahad Al-Muwallad 23 year old is a talented young winger that works really well to pass balls to Al-Sahlawi or combinations with him on the counter.
Please see here the full 23-man squad of Saudi Arabia
39 are the odds at New Bookie Betzest for Saudi Arabia, and 2,7 for Russia to qualify from Group A at World Cup 2018