The 2018 World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with a Group A match between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Thursday's game will be the only one scheduled for the day, coinciding with the opening ceremony, which will be held every day until 28 June in three group matches.
Russia enters the game with full strength, but has not won a friendly match in 2018, two of the games against Brazil and France.
Saudi Arabia played well in Germany last week in a 1-2 game against Germany and is confident that there can be something in this game.
Game: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
Date: Thursday, June 14
Time : 4 pm
In Nigeria the game is shown on DSTY Supersport channels and GOTV sports channels
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed online with the ITV Player. Saudi Arabia
What are the squads?
Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi, Yasser Al Shahrani Al Hilal Mohammed Al Breik Al Hilal Motaz Hawsawi Alama, Osama Hawsawi Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal)
Midfielders: Abdullah al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab), Abdulmalek al-Khaibri (al-Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Al-Ahli, Houssain al-Mogahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al-Hilal), Hattan-Bahebri (Al-Shabab), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal ), Yahya Al Shahri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwadad (Al Ittihad)
Transmission: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli)
Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow ), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow)
Forward: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)
Team News:  Russia has no outstanding players. Therefore, they must rely on the emerging talents of Aleksandr Golovin, who at 22 is their most dangerous offensive player.
One of them is former Chelsea full-back Zhirkov, who is nearing the end of his international career
Potential Russia XI: Akinfeev; Zhirkov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Fernandes; Golovin, Kuzayev, Zobnin, Samedov; Dzagoev, Smolov
For the Saudi Arabians, they prefer three key figures such as Al-Abed, Al-Muwall and Al-Shehri.
Al-Abed scored five goals in qualifying and remains Saudi Arabia's top scorer on his way to the finals
Potential Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Burayk, Al-Boleahi, Hawsawi, Al-Harbi , Al-Faraj, Ali-Khaibari, Kanno, Al-Jassim, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi
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