Winners in 2010, Spain will fancy themselves against the Russians. However, Fernando Hierro’s side will be aware of the threat posed by the Group A runners-up who had defied all expectations in even escaping their group.
La Roja, meanwhile, were some way from their tantalising best in Group B but the sudden sacking of former coach Julen Lopetegui in the days leading up to kick-off cannot have helped.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Spain side it believes will start the game.
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