The perception is the Russian side is there to be got at and the Arab nation, with Uruguay and Egypt to come, will relish the role of underdogs at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia side have been widely panned in the build-up but will be desperate to get off to a positive start in a group where second place is very much up for grabs and will hope to take charge of Group A at this early stage.
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