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Russia v Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 Group A Preview

Russia v Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 Group A Preview

Russia v Saudi Arabia predictions, betting tips and match preview

Russia v Saudi Arabia predictions for their World Cup 2018 Group A on Thursday, June 14 2018. Russia will try to impress this summer.

Russia v Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 Group A Preview
Match Date: 14 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki (Moskva)

Russia v Saudi Arabia predictions, betting tips and match preview

Russia v Saudi Arabia go head to head in the start of the WC 2018 tournament World Cup Group A that means a lot to both teams in their quest to go out of the Group A - WC 2018 Russia.

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Russia will try to impress this summer. They failed to get past the group stages in their last 4 appearances in the World Cup. Russia have gone is to the World Cup Quarter-Finals, doing so 3 times, but have not matched this feat since 1970.

Russia's Manager & Tactics

After the resignation of Leonid Slutsky following their exit from Euro 2016, former Russian National Team goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov has taken the reins.

Stanislav Cherchesov has previously managed Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Legia Warsaw, finding the most success in Poland as he guided Legia Warsaw to an Ekstraklasa title as well as the Polish Cup title.

During his time with Dynamo Moscow and Legia Warsaw, Stanislav Cherchesov teams would play from the back, with a focus on the attacking side of the match.

How is Russia's form?

Stanislav Cherchesov has now been in charge for 16 matches, winning 5, drawing 5 and losing 6. In their previous 2 fixtures, there have been huge positive signs for Russia, losing narrowly to Argentina before drawing 3-3 with Spain.

The issue for Russia will be that they won't have played a competitive match since June, losing 2-1 to Mexico in the Confederations Cup, and may find themselves behind the rest of the teams at the competition in their preparations.

Russia Key Players

Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper): Has had more clean sheets than any other keeper in Russian football. Since making his debut in 2004, aged just 18, he has gone on to make over 100 appearances for Russia.

Fyodor Smolov (Forward): Has been in exceptional form heading into the World Cup, scoring 48 goals in 64 matches for the club as well as 11 in 28 for Russia.

Aleksander Kokorin: Zenit's main talisman has been in excellent form this season, hitting 5 goals in 5 matches in the UEFA Europa League as well as 10 in 20 league matches.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia are underdogs not only in the World Cup 2018 group A, but also in the entire tournament, odds @ 2000/1 to win the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Saudi Arabia finished 2nd in their WC 2018 qualifying group and will be hoping they can better the performance that saw them reach the World Cup round of 16 in 1994.

Saudi Arabia's Manager & Tactics

Saudi Arabia are led by former Barcelona and Spain forward Juan Antonio Pizzi. The 49-year-old was previously in charge of Chile, having won the Copa America in 2016.

Pizzi’s Chile side played pressing football and would look to quickly snuff out their oppositions attacks before quickly countering with the pace of Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.

Pizzi will not be blessed with the likes of Sanchez and Arturo Vidal with Saudi Arabia and may look to play a new style with his set of underdogs.

How is Saudi Arabia's form?

Saudi Arabia have not played under Pizzi yet, with the Argentinian taking over from Bert van Marwijk who left just days after guiding the Green Falcons to the World Cup after his contract ran out.

Saudi Arabia beat group winners Japan 1-0 to confirm their qualification to the World Cup in their previous fixture, finishing above Australia on goal difference.

Saudi Arabia Key Players

Osama Hasawi: Saudi Arabia skipper is going into what could be his last World Cup. Since his debut in 2007, Hasawi has played 134 matches for the Green Falcons

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi: Al-Sahlawi has been in exceptional goalscoring form for both club and country. He’s scored 100 goals in 175 matches for Al Nassr as well as 28 in 35 matches the Saudis.

Mukhtar Ali: Having come through the academy system at Chelsea, Ali, naturally, finds himself at Vitesse. The 20-year-old was loaned to the Dutch club with Chelsea hoping to see him develop, but Ali made the move permanent in 2017.

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Competition: 2018 World Cup Group C Betting Tip: Russia v Saudi Arabia - Under 2.5 Goals


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