Sport Group A Match Preview: Russia vs Saudi Arabia

01:15  14 june  2018
01:15  14 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Chelsea reportedly still keen on deal for Aleksandr Golovin

  Chelsea reportedly still keen on deal for Aleksandr Golovin Chelsea are reportedly still keen on a summer deal for CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. The young playmaker enjoyed an impressive season in his homeland of Russia and has attracted interest from a host of top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea. For months, reports linking Golovin with a move to Stamford Bridge had quietened down but according to fresh claims from Tuttosport, as cited by Calciomercato, the Blues remain out to secure the player. Golovin, who is a key player for Russia in their bid to progress in this summer’s World Cup, impressed throughout last season because of his creativity and ability to influence games in the final third. CSKA want to keep hold of their prized asset but if reports are to be believed, they will be willing to sanction a sale if their valuation of €25 million is met. Also, it’s claimed that the Russian giants are insisting on a 25% sell-on clause in any deal for Golovin. Although, if the promising midfielder goes on to enjoy an impressive tournament this summer, CSKA could see fit to demand a higher fee for their star man. Chelsea are not alone in their interest in the player, however. According to the claims from Tuttosport, Arsenal and Juventus are also keen on a summer deal.

FIFA World Cup match Russia vs Saudi Arabia (14 Jun 2018). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. Russia vs Saudi Arabia World Cup Gp A 4:00pm Thursday 14th June Luzhniki Stadium.

Match : Russia vs Saudi Arabia . Venue: Luzhniki Stadium. Date: Thursday 14th June. Time: 4:00pm BST. Group Match Previews , Russia vs Saudi Arabia .

The time has come. Russia vs Saudi Arabia will play host for opening the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Both teams come into this game with dreadful results in friendlies. Russia – coached by Stanislav Cherchesov, are without a victory in eight games that stretches back to last October. Friendlies don’t stack up to real competitive matches, but it does give an insight on confidence and belief which Russia seems to have been struggling as of late.

It’s been 10 years since Russia got to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, however with their latest squad for this tournament it could be a quick exit for the hosts. Injuries have thwarted the side, defenders Georgy Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin plus forward Alexander Kokorin miss out on the final 23-man squad due to knee problems.

Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia: Russia exploit Saudi Arabia's lack of end product

  Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia: Russia exploit Saudi Arabia's lack of end product Russia decimated a lacklustre Saudi Arabia side who tried to play a style of football beyond the level of its players. Russia shocked everyone with a formation change, changing from the 3-1-4-2 they’ve preferred to a 4-2-3-1. Stanislav Cherchesov named a balanced double pivot. Roman Zobnin is more of a creator, and he played alongside the tough Yuri Gazinskiy. Alan Dzagoev started centrally and formed some nice combinations with Aleksandr Golovin in his short cameo before departing with an injury. Fedor Smolov started up front, and the natural width came from Aleksandr Samedov on the right. The defence saw a surprising start for Sergei Ignashevich and his teammate Mario Fernandes. Saudi Arabia named their expected 4-3-3 formation with Taisir Al-Jassim playing in central midfield and pushing to the right-hand side to create triangles. The only real surprise was that Salman Al-Faraj played in midfield, which saw Yahya Al-Shehri pushed into a wide role. The turning point of the game was when Alan Dzagoev pulled up with an injury in the 23rd minute. Up until that point, Saudi Arabia had played some nice passing patterns and conceded a sucker-punch goal from a set-piece. But Dzagoev’s injury changed things, and not in the way many expected. Many thought with Dzagoev gone Russia would struggle to create, but Aleksandr Golovin moved central and played well with an extra direct runner on the flank in Denis Cheryshev.

If Russia can get a win over Saudi Arabia in the opening match , then it will put itself in a good position to advance out of Group A . The Russians are expected to advance to the knockout rounds as the hosts. World Cup Group Stage Betting Odds – Uruguay vs . Egypt Match Preview .

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is about to begin and in this video we look ahead to the opening Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia . Joining me to talk about this match are my representatives from Russia

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Russia must improve from their last World Cup adventure four years ago to have any chance on making it out of the group stage on home soil. Coming third, with a measly two points in 2014 means it’s crucial getting off the mark this time with all three points – as they face tougher opponents (Egypt and Uruguay) later on.

This is Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup since 2006. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will be looking to redeem his reputation, as he failed to guide Chile to qualify for this year’s World Cup. After taking the reigns of head coach of Saudi Arabia back in November, he gets his wish to prove himself at the World Cup. Saudi Arabia has fared, somewhat, positively than their group A counterparts with two wins in five games. Although, a run of three straight defeats has now made this fixture close one to call.

Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener

  Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener The midfielder was forced off just 24 minutes into his side's opening clash against Saudi Arabia in MoscowThe 27-year-old was forced off in the 24th minute after going down with the injury, with Denis Cheryshev taking his place.

OddsFan correspondents offer to your attention a preview of the match Russia v Saudi Arabia . 2018 FIFA World Cup. Group stage Date: June 14 Kick-off: 18:00 UTC OddsFan prediction: ТU(2.5) Best odds: @1.80 We bet on TU for the game Russia vs Saudi Arabia due to the following reasons

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Runners-up to Japan in Asian qualifying, Saudi Arabia will find it difficult to repeat the same position in this group. The ‘Green Falcons’ hope their main striker and finisher – Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, can provide the goals as he did in qualifying. Scoring 16 goals, albeit, against less quality opposition, is no mean feat. The question is, can Al-Sahlawi keep up his prowess in front of goal when the match – plus the pressure of the occasion, cranks up a few notches.

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Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Match FACTS

  • These two have faced-off only once in their history (1993), with Russia coming out on top in a 4-2 win.
  • This fixture will be the lowest rated FIFA world ranking game at the World Cup; Russia occupying 70th place and Saudi Arabia three spots ahead in 67th place.
  • Russia have failed to qualify from the group stage in three attempts (1994, 2002 and 2014)
  • Legend Lev Yashin, who holds the record for the oldest player to represent Russia at a World Cup, could be yet overtaken by Sergei Ignashevich. The defender (38-years-old) will break Yashin’s record by two years.
  • Saudi Arabia have finished bottom in three of the five World Cup’s they’ve appeared at. They are also winless (1 draw, 3 losses) in opening group games.
  • Failed to score in 7 of their last 9 World Cup games, Saudi Arabia also have only one clean sheet to their name in World Cup history.


This game will be a closely fought contest. With Russia having a few more key players than their opponents, the balance could be tipped in their favour. However, not grabbing an early goal might cause the Russians to crumble under the weight of their home crowd. I can see a drab scoreless draw.

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World Cup 2018: Uruguay downs Saudia Arabia to advance .
Russia is also into the next round of the World Cup, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia out, after Uruguay earned a Group A victory.Uruguay's result also means host Russia, which won its opening two Group A matches, is through to the next phase with one game to spare, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both out of the tournament.

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