Russia will compete with Saudi Arabia in the very first match of the FIFA tournament, 2018. The host Russia has a no.66 ranking on FIFA’s table. Saudi Arabia is currently enjoying 67th ranking on the profile of FIFA. Hosting and winning the FIFA world cup starter is going to put a lot of pressure on Russian side but it is also going to give them home ground advantage and the uproaring fans. But as both teams are not far away in ranking, it is going to be a balanced first FIFA match to watch.
As Russia is the hosting country so, it has automatically qualified for the tournament. After an unsuccessful performance by Russia in Euro 2016, Stanislav Cherchesov is trying to build up a new squad. Unlike his predecessor Leonid Slutsky, Cherchesov believes in having new blood and looking increasing at new and fresh talent. But the fears also persist as new players lack experience. It is very important for Russia to qualify from their group as it will have a good impression of the host for Russian football lovers. Igor Akinfeev is the star player of Russia. He is always the first choice for the position of goalkeeper. He has proved himself with excellent credentials on many occasions. Akinfeev is getting closer to break the national record of 120 appearances by Sergei Ignashevich’s. Russian performance has not been great lately and on top of that, they did not get to play qualifiers with world-famous teams. They only got a chance to play some friendly match. At reopening of Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in November 2017, Russia was beaten by Argentina by 1-0 at last minutes. Though at Sochi Olympic Stadium in March 2017, they performed well and made an impressive draw of 3-3 with Belgium.
Saudi Arabia team consecutively for last two cups could not even qualify for the FIFA Cups, in 2010 and 2014. After finishing ahead of Australia in the qualifier group, Saudi Arabia is now in action for 2018 FIFA Cup. Juan Antonio Pizzi who in 2016 was leading Copa America Centenario, has just last year in November joined the Saudi Arabian team. Pizzi is of the belief that his strategy to play the ball calmly out of defense needs to be perfectly employed and Saudi Arabia team needs a lot to improve under his coaching. Saudi Arabia has few star players. Nawaf Al Abed is a very composed footballer and can score goals as well. Osama Hawsawi works well in the center for defense. Yasser al-Shahran gets forward quickly and he has potential to play on either side. Under Pizzi’s coaching, Saudi Arabia is passionate to perform well and improve with every game.
|Event||FIFA World Cup Russia 2018|
|Match||Russia vs Saudi Arabia|
|Time||11 AM ET|
|Network||BBC, NBC, SBS|
|Live Stream||Watch Here|
Schedule and start time
The very first match of Group A of FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The match will start at 11 a.m. E.T. on 14th June 2018. It will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in the capital Moscow.
The match between Saudi Arabia and Russia will be played on 14 June 2018. This most anticipated match will be played in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia Live Stream Guide
The first battle is going to take place between Saudi Arabia and Russia on 14 June. Fans are curious to know how they can stream the match live on their televisions and other devices. Except streaming services, there are many other channels that are going to broadcast the match between Saudi Arab and Russia. If you want to stream the match live, the best solution is to watch it online on BBC, iPlayer, ITV and Match TV. All these sources will broadcast the match freely. BBC and ITV are only accessible in the UK. Match TV is only viewed in Russia. But this problem can be resolved by using Fasten VPN. Download VPN on your device and then connect to any server of your choice. Enjoy the live match between Saudi Arab and Russia from anywhere.
FIFA World cup matches are going to broadcast in almost every region of the world. The host country for this tournament is Russia. In Russia, its official broadcasters are channel One, Russia 1, Match TV, Perviy Kanal and VGTRK. Almost 7 radio stations have been given official rights for live stream from Russian stadiums. The opening match will be between Russian and Saudi Arabia. All the 64 matches in Saudi Arabia will be broadcasted illegally after restrictions on Qatar Channel and beIN Sports. The matches can be watched through a pirated service named beOutQ.
Different channels are ready to broadcast the first exciting match between Saudi Arab and Russia online. One of the best channels is Fox sports that have got all the official rights to show all the world cup matches online including the opening ceremony. There are few authentic and legal apps, where you can stream all the matches online effortlessly. World Game Website and World Cup app provide quality content without any delay freely. SBS will also air the opening scene, semi-finals and final free in HD quality. But few apps and channels are charging for live streaming. One of them is Sky Go. It costs $25 every month according to your location.
This year, every individual can easily access the live streaming of FIFA World Cup 2018. If you do not have a cable system, you can enjoy each moment of the match by using other devices like mobile phones and tablets with Android, iPad, iPhone etc. The procedure is very easy; just download the FIFA Official App, ESPN for smartphones or any android application. Install and open the app and choose the match that you want to watch.
VPN is a big source to permit someone to change the geolocation of any country. If live streaming service is only available in US, by installing VPN, one can easily change the IP address of that location and all the programs can be viewed without any disturbance. One must opt for express VPN because of its momentum and excellence. It also guarantees the privacy of the consumers too. Express VPN offers streams for 145 locations. Its servers are tracked down in Australia, the US and the UK which fortify a quality streaming. Install the VPN on your device and double-click the selected location and server, the connection will work perfectly.
Russia seems best for the match because Akinfeev is looking in great form. Russian is also going to have an advantage of home ground. Playing at home ground is always a great advantage as Russian side will be aware of the conditions. The Russian team is accustomed to all conditions so it is going to turn in its favor.
Saudi Arab is looking perfect to win this match because Yahya al-Shehri, Salem al-Dawsari, and Fahad al-Muwallad have the ability to play with good defense. Green falcons can cause serious problems for Russia if Yahya al-Shehri finds some space behind the main striker of the team. Fahad al-Muwallad could be a troublemaker for Russia if he finds the ball in right spots. So far Saudi Arabian football team seems to get it all together and can play their best game with such talent.
When the squad reveals we will update here.
When the squad reveals we will update here.
My prediction is that Saudi Arabia is going to beat Russia in its home ground. Russian side looks weak and has some internal issues with coach and players which is going to reflect ultimately on the ground.