The key players of this fixture are Fedor Smolov and Mohammad Al Sahlawi.
Fedor Smolov – One of the most popular forward players in the Russian side and a lot will depend on his shoulders. He has scored 12 goals in 32 games for the Sbornaya but all of them were crucial goals. One of those goals is against New Zealand in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup that raised many eye brows. Every time the Russians are in need of someone to step up and save the day, Fedor Smolov finds the back of the net. It is believed that the Krasnodar striker will once again determine the fate of his nation in the very crucial match to kick off the FIFA World Cup 2018 in style.
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi – One of the influential names in Green Falcons attack is this man. On their journey to qualify for the World Cup, Al Sahlawi has scored 16 goals in the process, same as Robert Lewandowski for Poland. With scorelines like 7-0 and 10-0 in two matches proves the fact that Mohammad Al Sahlawi is the best striker Saudi Arabia has produced. It would remain to see if he could deliver in the big stage for his team. He needs to find a way through bigger teams like Germany, Greece if he wants to be remembered as one of the giants for his team.
Here are the players to look out for the Russia vs Saudi Arabia, Group A opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.