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Fifa World Cup Group A | Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Key Players to Watch out for and Here is how the teams Will line up

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The Fifa World Cup 2018 is officially upon us, the excitement is hard to contain and its easy to understand why. With the countdown to the games officially almost over, it kicks off with the opening game between Russia vs Saudi Arabia 

For the opening game we have two of the lowest ranked teams with official ranks of 67 and 70 kicking off the biggest footballing fiesta on the planet. While it doesn’t exactly promise to be a star studded affair between the host nation and the team from the middle East, it does ensure a certain dose of magnificence and grandeur given the occasion and what this match means to both the countries.

Also featuring in the group are the mighty Uruguayan’s from South America who will be facing Salah and his team from Egypt in the second game of the tournament.

The opener will be played at the Luzhniki stadium

Let us take a Closer look at the two teams to decide who will prevail in the first clash and which players will certainly feature in order to bring out the best in their respective teams in Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Russia :

Key Players to Watch out For :

Igor Akinfeev GK 32 :

Russia Squad of 2018 may not have too many world class players to boast off who can change the course of a match single handedly, that does not mean they deserve to be underestimated at any level.

Having most players who ply their trade here at home makes them ideally suited to understand the conditions and play accordingly. One of their most popular players and captain fantastic is their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who plays right here at home for CSKA moscow. 

One of the steadiest hands in the game, Igor has consistently for the last decade or so has displayed tremendous stability between the sticks and for his side to display some needed consistency during the tournament, Igor and his unshakable self confidence will play a huge rule in deciding the fortunes of his team and for starters deciding the outcome of the Russia vs Saudi Arabia. 

Savic, Pavon and the other Wonder Kids who could Prove to be hugely influential in the World Cup for their country

Alexander Golovin Attacking Midfielder 22

Arsenal fans know him pretty well, he is the guy who was certain to come in during the January World cup only to push it further because he wasn’t supposedly ready to feature for our club and went on to score an absolute stunner verses Arsenal in the Europa League almost sparking an comeback to knock us out of the competition.

Well that did not happen and Alexander Golovin still plays for CSKA Moscow however ahead of the world cup, somehow has managed to become one of the players to watch out for during the world cup.

Despite only being 22 years of age, Alexander Golovin will serve to the most important creative on presence on the field for Russia vs Saudi Arabia. His ability to occasionally strike sublime goals from log range will be crucial for Russia vs Saudi Arabia with Saudi Arabia having concise and rigorous defensive structure as a basis of their team style under former Italy coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. 

Ahead of the Russia vs Saudi Arabia game, here is what Russian winger Aleksandr Samedov had to say about his teams objectives to Fifa.com :

“No matter what, we have to get out of the group… We have worked hard and are well prepared.”

We’re not sitting around worrying what will happen if it doesn’t work out for us.”

The Russians have been in dreadful form going into the World cup with problems with their federation, some players complaining about the coach and his rash abrasive tactics not going down well with some of the players.

Russia’s Last taste of International Victory came way back in October 2017 in against South Korea when they beat them 4-2 at home. However since then to this present day they have been winless and will try to reverse some of their luck so far by kicking off their campaign by winning in Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

Stanislav Cherchesov their present coach has a horrible win % of 26.3% so far and will surely try to make amends where it matters most. The one incredibly positive thing for the host nation going into the opening fixture is that their opponents Saudi Arabia have also been in terrible form of late.

Here is their Predicted Line up :

Russia Probable Starting XI

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia for their part have also had a wretched last few months coming into the world after having sacked two coaches already and new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi being in charge for barely 7 months. Both the teams in Russia vs Saudi Arabia will also be hoping for victory at the Luzhniki to end a barren run at the global finals: Russia have not won at the World Cup since 2002, while Saudi Arabia’s last global finals’ victory came at USA 1994.

Late last year, Saudi managed just one win, over Kuwait (2-1), in the Gulf Cup, where they also lost to eventual winners Oman (2-0) and drew with United Arab Emirates (0-0).

Saudi Arabia however played their last friendly match against Germany narrowly losing to them 2-1 and giving them a real good scare.

Key Players to Watch out for :

FAHAD AL MUWALLAD  Striker/Winger 23

At just 23 years of age Al Muwallad has quickly grown on to become one of the most important players in the team and playing up front for the last few games with Al Sahlawi’s dip in form. Playing with blistering pace and on the counter attack, Al Mullawad has quickly found himself to be perfectly established in his teams playing with his team playing to his strength.

Ahead of Russia vs Saudi Arabia, the nation of Saudi Arabia will be banking on the pace and quick decision making of Fahad Al Mullawad to bring out the best in this team. Standing just 5ft 5ins tall, he’s a tricky winger, blessed with blistering pace and ridiculously quick feet. He also has an eye for goal and will serve to be a primary point of focus for all his side’s attacking threat for the opening match in Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

Fahad Al Muwallad
Image obtained from sport 360

 

YASSER AL SHAHRANI  Fullback 26 

Al Shahrani plies his trade in Al-Hilal in the Saudi Premier League and is one of the most formidable defenders in the Saudi Team. He is an extremely formidable Full back who is renowned because of his excellent dribbling talents with the ball and his occasional trends at running forward in the opposition half with the ball.

Once again another player who is extremely crucial to the Saudi counter attacking Style of play and will look to play ahead with his perfect understanding of how his team plays and his versatility on either side of the pitch.

Predicted Line Up for Russia vs Saudi Arabia :

With a 4-1-4-1 formation their usual preferred Style, here is how they could line up for the opening fixture of the tournament for Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Probable Starting XI

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