After losing their first international friendly match both Russia and France would try to outsmart each other in this game and register a victory in this game. Russia had little chance in their first match because they were facing Brazil, five times World Cup champions but in this game they would be more confident because they would be taking on France. After losing to Colombia in the previous game, France would try to cover up their weak spots because Russia would use the same tactics followed by the Colombians. However, France is expected to win this game because unlike their opponents, they have a star team and one of the favourites to win this summer World Cup.
Russia vs France full squad, team news, playing XI and match preview are listed here.
When and where?
This match is to be played at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 64, 287 and it is expected to be a chilly day in Geneva which would only add to the excitement of this game.
The clash will take place at 9:20 PM (IST) on March 27, 2018 and can be streamed live on Sony LIV app and fuboTV.
Russia won – 3
France won – 3
Not decided – 1
France – W W W W L
Russia – W D L D L
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev, Aleksandr Selikhov
Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Smolnikov, Vladislav Ignatyev, Dmitri Kombarov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrei Semyonov
Midfielders: Denis Glushakov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Daler Kuzyayev, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Anton Shvets
Forwards: Anton Zabolotny, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov
Goalkeepers: Areola, Lloris, Mandanda
Defenders: Digne, Hernandez, Kimpembe, Koscielny, Pavard, Sidibe, Umtiti, Varane
Midfielders: Kante, Lemar, Matuidi, Pogba, Rabiot, Tolisso
Forwards: Ben Yedder, Dembele, Giroud, Griezmann, Martial, Mbappe, Thauvin
Russia – Akinfeev (GK), Kudryashov, Granat, Kutepov, Samedov, Golovin, Glushakov, Dzagoev, Kombarov, Miranchuk, Smolov
France – Lloris (GK), Pavard, Koscielny/Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Rabiot, Dembele, Mbappe, Martial
Our bet is on the France for this game because they are one of the favourites to win the World Cup but they couldn’t get it right in the first International friendly so they would try to live up to their fans expectations in this game by defeating the host nation of the World Cup. However, Russia despite having some a few popular names on the team they lack some talent in some parts of the ground that is their biggest drawback as of now.
THIS RUS VS FRA MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.