The 2018 FIFA World Cup commences tomorrow with the hosts Russia opening their Group An excursion against Saudi Arabia. The hosts will hope to begin off the competition with a win. No host country has ever lost their World Cup opener, going 15-0-6 up until this point. Russia will hope to get off on the correct begin against Saudi Arabia.
What time is kick-off?
Russia vs Saudi Arabia kicks off at 4pm.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on ITV. Coverage begins with the opening ceremony at 2:30pm.
Saudi Arabia: 10/1
Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia: The hosts will get the positive start they so desperately want, but it won’t be easy.
What to Watch For
Would russia be able to deal with the weight of being the hosts? This will be a definitive inquiry as they hope to convey firecrackers to a match that on paper have none outside of it being the competition opener. Saudi Arabia will hope to assume the part of spoilers, however all the weight will be on Russia’s players. Would they be able to perform before a sold out Moscow swarm, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and with the eyes of the whole world upon them? It stays to be seen.
Will Saudi Arabia have the capacity to utilize some speed? Saudi Arabia got to Russia on the back of some speed on counter assaults. Russia doesn’t play with speed, so can the Saudis utilize that further bolstering their good fortune?
Who will get through first? This is where nerves truly command the initial 30 minutes. Who can strike first? Will’s identity the name that stands out forever to score the primary objective of the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
How to Watch
Area: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Commence time: 11:00am Eastern, 8:00am Pacific
Accessible TV: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
Accessible spilling: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App), FuboTV (Free Trial)