Match Preview: Russia vs Portugal

The host nation and the table toppers Russia take on Portugal in the tightly contested Group Stage match where the pressure will be on the European Champions lead by Cristiano Ronaldo who will look to register their first-ever win in the competition. But it won’t be easy as The Sbomaya would look get out a positive result especially in their accustomed home conditions. Russia arrive into the game having won their first match 2-0 against New Zealand, Portugal, having played out a frustrating draw for the fans against the high-flying Mexico Team would be hungry for some success.

The Combined Predicted lineups for Russia and Portugal are: 

 

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Credits: https://www.sofascore.com/portugal-russia/UTbseUb

 

Russia: Russia play with a fashionable 5-3-2 (or 3-5-2) with attacking wing backs. With Gulshakov and Smolov both getting on the scoresheet, they will be eager to prove their form against the European Champions with Smolov’s strike partner, Poloz also in fine form.

Portugal: With both the goalscorers Quaresma and Cedric not being a part of this First XI, could we accept yet another magical performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, who pulled back a selfless assist in the evenly contested game against Mexico? Only time will tell.

 

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