World Cup 2018 begins with Group A taking the forefront as Russia host Saudi Arabia and Egypt face Uruguay.
The opening match of the competition is hardly one that whets the appetite but nevertheless, we will all be tuning in to see the hosts face off against one of the more interesting sides, Saudi Arabia.
The Luzhniki stadium hosts the opener, and will be a key game in determining how far either of these sides can go in the tournament, much will be the pressure on the hosts to give their fans an event to remember.
Heading into the game, Russia are favourites, despite the Asian side sitting one place higher in the official FIFA World Rankings.
Russia: Akinfeev, Granat, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Samedov, Zhirkov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Zobnin, Al Miranchuk, Smolov.
Saudi Arabia: Mosailem, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Breik, Shahrani, Otayf, Jassim, Dawsari, Shehri, Muwallad, Sahlawi.
Egypt-minus-Salah face Luis Suarez’ Uruguay
Uruguay are heading to Russia looking to win the World Cup for a third time in their history, but they have not lifted the cup since 1950, whilst, Egypt are appearing for the first time in 28 years.#
We have seen how the South Americans play in recent World Cup tournaments, having witnessed a few eye catching and unforgettable moments from Luis Suarez, but with his behaviour and improved attitude at Barcelona – this could prove a one to remember for the right reasons.Egypt have been rocked by the loss of Mo Salah, who was forced off in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last month.
Uruguay: Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Vecino, Valverde, Rodriguez, Suarez, Cavani.
Russia: El Hadary, Abdel Shafy, Gabr, Hegazi, Fathi, Elneny, Tarek, El-Said, Trezequet, Hassan, Salah