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The host team for the 2018 World Cup is Russia, who will be making their 11th World Cup appearance. Russia has had no success recently in the World Cup, losing in the first stage in 1994, 2002 and 2014. They will be trying to avoid joining South Africa as the only host team eliminated in the first stage. Russia is ranked well outside of the Top 50 in FIFA rankings, although it is worth noting that Russia didn’t have to play qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup and that meant they didn’t pick up many ranking points.

Russia 2018 World Cup Odds: +3300

Russia is given no real chance to win the 2018 World Cup, as they are listed as a longshot at +3300.  Those odds may actually be low, considering Russia has not even made it out of the first stage in any recent World Cup. Russia has played very little meaningful matches of late, so it is hard to get too excited about their chances in the 2018 World Cup.

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2018 World Cup Qualifying Results

Russia automatically qualified for the 2018 World Cup as the host team so they didn’t have to play any qualifying matches.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Russia Portugal France Argentina
Saudi Arabia Spain Australia Iceland
Egypt Morocco Peru Croatia
Uruguay Iran Denmark Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Switzerland Mexico Panama Senegal
Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Colombia
Serbia Korea Republic England Japan

2018 FIFA World Cup Group A Schedule

GROUP A: Russia - Saudi Arabia - Egypt - Uruguay
Match Date / Time (Local Time) Venue
Russia vs Saudi Arabia June, 14th / 18:00 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Egypt vs Uruguay June, 15th / 17:00 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Russia vs Egypt June, 19th / 21:00 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia June, 20th / 18:00 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Uruguay vs Russia June, 25th / 18:00 Cosmos Arena, Samara
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt June, 25th / 17:00 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Players to Watch

Russia has an experienced goalkeeper in Igor Akinfeev who is the team captain. Russia also features Alexsandr Kokorin, Oleg Shatov and Alan Dzagoev. Kokorin is the key scorer for Russia and he did score for Russia in the 2014 World Cup. He is just 23 years old but there is no question he is the player to watch at the 2018 World Cup for this club. He moved from Dynamo Moscow to Zenit St. Petersburg last year.  Kokorin is one of the top scorers in the Russian Premier League and if Russia is to make any noise at the World Cup it will be due to Kokorin. He played well in some of the friendlies and the combination of Kokorin and Fyodor Smolov was impressive.

Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov said that Kokorin has made a lot of progress. "I spoke with him and he understood what he had to work on. Now we’re seeing the results. I know ‘Sasha’ (Kokorin) well and we've been working together for almost two years. Finally he’s playing in his natural position and getting more pleasure from it."

The Coach

Stanislav Cherchesov took over from Leonid Slutsky following the EURO 2016 finals.

Russia World Cup History

Russia has made 10 appearances at the World Cup with no titles. They made the quarterfinals as the Soviet Union at Sweden in 1958, at Chile in 1962 and at Mexico in 1970.  The Soviet Union made the semifinals in 1966 at England but lost to West Germany in the semifinals and to Portugal in the third place game. Russia has done nothing since, losing in the first stage in 1994, 2002 and 2014.

Russia 2018 World Cup Predictions

Russia is the host team but they are a bit of an unknown because they haven’t played any qualifying matches. They have looked pretty good in some friendlies but it is hard to take too much away from matches where the other team isn’t fully engaged.  Russia may be able to avoid humiliation and get out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup, but it is hard to see them going much farther.

Russia 2018 World Cup Roster

GK - Igor Akinfeev (Captain)

GK - Vladimir Gabulov

GK - Andrey Lunyov

DF - Igor Smolnikov

DF - Fyodor Kudryashov

DF - Viktor Vasin

DF - Vladimir Granat

DF - Georgi Dzhikiya

DF - Roman Neustädter

DF - Ilya Kutepov

DF - Mário Fernandes

DF - Yevgeni Chernov

MF - Yuri Zhirkov

MF - Alan Dzagoev

MF - Aleksandr Samedov

MF - Aleksandr Golovin

MF - Aleksandr Yerokhin

MF - Magomed Ozdoyev

MF - Aleksei Miranchuk

MF - Dmitri Tarasov

MF - Konstantin Rausch

MF - Daler Kuzyayev

MF - Anton Miranchuk

FW - Aleksandr Kokorin

FW - Fyodor Smolov

FW - Dmitry Poloz

FW - Anton Zabolotny

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