Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the 2018 Fifa World Cup tomorrow afternoon in what is set to be a crucial opening match in Group A.
With Uruguay being the heavy favourites to top the group it is key for both of these sides that they get off to the perfect start in the tournament with a win.
The two teams come into the tournament as the two lowest ranked with the hosts placed 70th in the latest placings and their opponents just three places higher in 67th.
Russia come into the encounter in poor form having failed to claim a victory in their last seven encounters.
As for Saudi Arabia, they have lost their last three matches although one of them included a narrow 2-1 defeat as well as a loss to the Italian’s who won’t be competing at the tournament after failing to qualify.
Here is how we feel the hosts will line up for the opening match of the competition.
The experienced goalkeeper will be key for the Russians and he will start.
The young central defender is set to feature at his first World Cup and is entering the competition in fine form
The versatile defender who can play in both a central or left role should start this game.
The Spartak Moscow full back has been in the Russian set up for some time and will be a key component in this game.
The Zenit left back is an vital part of the side and will be key that he performs well in this tournament.
Is the biggest threat in the side and will need a big performance from him if they are to begin with a win
Another Zenit player in the squad and will play a major role in the side.
A holding midfield player whose reputation is growing year on year.
One of Russia’s best players. Will start.
Has a fine international record and needs a big tournament.