Russia vs Brazil – International Friendly : At the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, the World Cup’s hosts the Brazilian national team, that has already won the World Cup 5 times.
The Russian national team should maintain the same usual starting line-up, with the exception of their main striker that picked up an injury Aleksandr Kokorin.
The team of the manager Stanislav Tchertchesov will have a challenge against the Brazilians, because their team is fragile on all sectors of the pitch, and they are facing one of the teams in the top 3 of the world, while still having to deal with some absences.
The fact that they are playing at home and the low temperatures are allies of the Russian squad, but they will have a lot of problems on the field.
The tactical approach of the Russians will be to defend and go on the attack in blocks, but never exposing themselves too much on the attack,
which should make life hard for the Brazilians, because the team led by Tite has already shown some difficulties when they face opponents that close themselves down.
The team is coming off a 3-0 win over Dynamo Moscow, by 3-0 on a friendly played in Russia.
List of players called-up for the Russian National team:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrei Lunev and Alexander Selikhov.
Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Smolnikov, Vladislav Ignatiev, Dmitry Kombarov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustetter, Konstantin Raush and Andrey Semenov.
Midfielders: Denis Glushakov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Samedov, Alexander Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Erokhin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev and Anton Shvet.
Attackers: Anton Zabolotny, Alexander Kokorin, Alexei Miranchuk e Fedor Smolov.
The biggest absence will be the injured Aleksandr Kokorin, who is the main player of the Russian team and that tore his knee’s ligaments and is out of the World Cup.
The Brazilian National Team
The Brazilian team made their first practice on Spartak Moscow’s training ground and the weather conditions were the first opponent they had to face in Russian soil,
because the men led by Tite have made that first practice with a temperature of -8ºC, so the practice wasn’t intense even to avoid any injury.
Their starting line-up should be the usual one with the exception of their main superstar, the attacker Neymar that got injured and is recovering for the World Cup.
Neymar’s replacement should be Douglas (Juventus) that is in great form on his club and is the natural substitute for PSG’s superstar.
Since the team will face an opponent that should close itself down and wait for Brazil’s offensive moves, Douglas Costa becomes a great option on Neymar’s absence, because Juventus’ player has the dribbling ability and looks to play on the wings, looking for triangulations with the wing backs, midfielders and strikers, which should break the defensive system of the Russian side.
List of called-up players for the Brazilian National team:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma-ITA), Ederson (Manchester City-ING), Neto (Valencia-ESP)
Full-backs: Daniel Alves (PSG-FRA), Marcelo (Real Madrid-ESP), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid-ESP)
Defenders: Thiago Silva (PSG-FRA), Miranda (Inter de Milão-ITA), Marquinhos (PSG-FRA), Pedro Geromel (Grêmio), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo)
Midfielders:Fernandinho (Manchester City-ING), Casemiro (Real Madrid-ESP), Paulinho (Barcelona-ESP), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk-UCR), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan-CHN),Willian (Chelsea-ING), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona-ESP) , Anderson Talisca (Besiktas-TUR)
Attackers: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool-ING), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City-ING), Douglas Costa (Juventus-ITA), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk-UCR), Willian José (Real Sociedad-ESP)
The news: The call-up of the central forward Willian José (Real Sociedad-ESP), the call-up of the full-back Ismaily (Shakhtar Donetsk-UCR) that replaces Alex Sandro who is injured and the return of Grêmio’s defender Geromel, who is vice-champion of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Brazilian team survives without Neymar, and has enough talent to go far, looking for other options, both technically and tactically, of plays, beat Russia on this friendly and even having other options for the position of the star on an eventual situation where they might need a replacement for him on the World Cup.
The team is coming off a 3-0 win over Chile on the South American World Cup Qualifiers.
Head-to-head record between the 2 teams:
International Friendly 2013 Brazil1 – 1 Russia
International Friendly 2006 Russia 0 – 1 Brazil
International Friendly 1998 Brazil 5 – 1 Russia
International Friendly 1996 Russia 2 – 2 Brazil
World Cup 1994 USA Brazil 2 – 0 Russia
Russia vs Brazil – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The Brazilian team should be in full strength and without many changes, and they should look to score in the first half.
As for the Russians, they should be able to contain the actions of the Brazilian side on the initial minutes,
but at some point, they should succumb to the talented Brazilians, and if the Brazilians manage to score before half-time, they should increase the advantage on the 2nd half without many difficulties.
The manager Tite should promote some changes to the team for the 2nd half, which should help them increase the advantage on the scoresheet.