Russia has brought 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich out of universal retirement because of various protective wounds, and he is relied upon to begin.

Starman Aleksandr Kokorin misses this competition with knee damage, so they're in all probability coordinate champ is striker Fedor Smolov.

Saudi Arabia mentor Juan Antonio Pizzi faces a determination quandary in advance. Mohammed Al-Sahlawi and Muhannad Assiri both pivoted in the warm-up friendlies.


The first World Cup amusement includes the two sides positioned the most reduced in the opposition. Incompletely because of an absence of competitive matches, competition has Russia has slipped to 70th in Fifa's rankings, three spots lower than Thursday's adversaries.

The separate type of each side is befitting of their rank. Russia is without a win in seven matches, a run extending back to October, while Saudi Arabia comes into the diversion off the back of progressive benevolent misfortunes to Italy, Peru and Germany.

Saudi Arabia can't draw on a stable World Cup family either. This is their first appearance since 2006, and in their last three competitions they have lost seven and drawn two of their nine gathering diversions.

The World Cup has had never been beaten in the opening match. If Russia loses then will they set a competition to start with, as well as capability for the last 16 would seem far-fetched.


Russia is not an exceptionally decent side, but rather than nor are Saudi Arabia, and I figure favourable home position will see them through this amusement.

Expectation: 2-0