Hosts Russia take on Uruguay at the Samara Arena in the battle for top spot in Group A. A draw will be enough for Russia while Uruguay must take all three points in order to finish top.
What’s their current form?
Uruguay have not been convincing in their two victories, as they were expected to win by much more comfortable margins. They began with a 1-0 win over an Egypt side lacking their star forward Mo Salah, scoring an 89th minute goal through Gimenez. The next game saw Saudi Arabia go down 1-0 after a Suarez goal in the first half.
Russia have been red hot. They opened with a stunning 5-0 hiding of Saudi Arabia and followed up with a 3-1 victory over Egypt.
Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Bentancur, Torreira; Rodriguez, Arrascaeta, Suarez; Cavani.
Russia: Akinfeev; Kutepov, Kudryashov, Samedov, Zhirkov; Golovin, Kuyaev, Zobnin; Miranchuk, Smolov.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Uruguay have won all of their last five games, managing to keep a clean sheet in each of those five wins.
What should I be betting on?
Uruguay to break the shackles here and put Russia to the sword.
Russia have made full use of home ground advantages and are in pole position to win Group A. They only need to draw with Uruguay while the South American’s need all three points if they are to finish top. The hosts have been clinical on the counter but The Wolf says they will not be afforded the same luxury against a quality opponents. Uruguay have posted 5 consecutive clean sheets, all wins, and it has been over 450 minutes of football since they last conceded. Russia are in premature celebration mode after qualifying for the knockout stages for the first time but The Wolf says they will be coming back to earth after this one. Uruguay will take the lead and that will force Russia to push numbers forward, something that they have not done on their own accord. Uruguay to take them out of their comfort zone and take full advantage. The Wolf is not buying into Russia and says they have not become a great team overnight.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on June 25. In Australia, kick-off will be at 12am on June 26th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Russia’s Alan Dzagoev is set to miss this game due to an injured hamstring.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? There has only been 1 game between these two sides, which resulted in a 1 all draw in May 2012.