MATCH INFO – Russia vs Saudi Arabia Prediction & Preview
|Competition||World Cup 2018 – Group A|
|Start Date||14 June 2018 – 16:00 GMT|
|Venue||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|Referee||Nestor Pitana, Argentina|
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Match Preview
Russia qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, though failed to emerge from their group. and have consistently fallen at the first hurdle of every tournament since 1986, failing to appear at three of the last six editions before automatically qualifying for this summer as hosts.
Comfort breeds laziness, however, and the Russians have played just three competitive fixtures since their Euro 2016 campaign, and only four in 2018. Winless in their last seven -D3 L4-, their last victory came in October 2017 against South Korea.
Saudi Arabia Beginning their qualifying campaign in the AFC’s second round, the Saudi’s comfortably topped their group, going undefeated and conceding only four times in eight games.
After a ten-game home-and-away series of matches, Saudi Arabia pipped Australia to the second automatic spot by two goals in the third round.
Since that impressive campaign, though, results have been skewed.
The Saudi’s have only won four of their last fourteen games, losing eight, and their last three. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men didn’t take their warm-up matches easily, though, and narrow 2-1 defeats to Italy and reigning champions Germany can be reflected on proudly.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Team News:
38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich – the second-oldest outfielder at the World Cup – is likely to start at the heart of Russia’s defence. Mario Fernandes and Igor Smolnikov will battle it out for the starting right-back berth.
Alan Dzagoev provides an alternative attacking option for head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.
Saudi Arabia will be without star player Nawaf Al-Abed who misses out through injury. Al-Abed was Saudi’s top scorer in qualifying with 5 goals.
Captain Osama Hawsawi and Taisir Al-Jassim provide experience in Juan Antonio Pizzi’s squad. The pair have 267 international caps between them.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Predicted Lineups:
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Head to Head Stats:
The only meeting so far between the two sides came in a friendly back in 1993. Saudi Arabia defeated Russia by a 4-2 margin.
Russia’s record at the Luzhniki Stadium is 19 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses from 31 matches. They were hammered 3-0 by Brazil in the last match here.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Predictions:
If we consider the current performance between Saudi Arabia and Russia, both are almost same category teams and it seems very difficult to describe the possible winner between them. But as local team Russia will play with more confidence but still the opponent is strong enough. So, the match would end with draw it seems.