Russia vs Saudi Arabia Live Stream Online,FIFA World Cup Football 2018, Russia vs Saudi Arabia – kick-off time, TV channel … ceremony and the first game of the tournament will be shown live on TV.
When: Thursday at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow
TV: Fox and Telemundo
The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday as host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. It’s the opener of the tournament, which means it’ll probably be the most watched game involving these two teams in Group A. The host nation and Saudi Arabia will battle for three vital points, with the group’s second match between Uruguay and Egypt arriving on Friday on a three-match day.
Winning the first match you play is key if you are to move on, and the pressure is on Russia to deliver in front of its home crowd in Moscow.
Russia enters the match in full strength but has yet to win a friendly in 2018, with two of the matches coming against Brazil and France. Will all the tests pay off in the opener?
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, played well in a 2-1 loss to Germany last week and is confident it can get something in this game. Nobody on the team will be more hungry to deliver than coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to guide Chile to qualification to the World Cup but still managed to make the tournament himself after landing the Saudi gig in November.
Russia don’t boast a roster of standout players, so will be having to rely on the emerging talents of Aleksandr Golovin, who is their most dangerous attacking player and aged just 22. Aleksandr Kokorin misses out on the tournament due to an injury, and it is a blow for Russia as he would have been the first-choice striker.
Ex-Chelsea full-back Zhirkov is nearing the end of his international career, and playing the finals in his home country would be the perfect send-off.
Potential Russia XI: Akinfeev; Zhirkov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Fernandes; Golovin, Anton Miranchuk, Zobnin, Samedov; Dzagoev, Smolov
Saudi Arabia’s three key men lie in Al-Abed, Al-Muwall and Al-Shehri. Al-Abed netted five times in the qualification stages and remains to be Saudi Arabia’s top-scorer en route to the finals, while Al-Mulwall netted the goal that secured his nation’s participation in Russia.
Al-Shehri provides the most experience for his team, having been in the side since 2009 and is only 27 years of age.