ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sporting Alert — The following are the starting lineups for Russia and New Zealand in today’s opening group stage game of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday.
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Both teams will be hoping to start the tournament on a winning note, but will also try not to lose the game
For Russia, top goalkeeper Igor Akifeev will lead his team from the back, while Dmitriy Poloz and Fedor Smolov will lead the attack.
Also in the starting lineup for the host country are Aleksandr Samedov, who has been tipped by SkyBet to score a goal in the game.
Meanwhile, Chris Wood and Marco Rojas will lead the attack for New Zealand.
Right-back Kip Colvey will be another player to watch for the Kiwi and his battle with Russia’s left-back Yuri Zhirkov is expected to be one of the matchups to pay attention to.
According to SkyBet, Russia have been tipped to win in 90 minutes.
Among the highlighted bets entering this contest sees SkyBet backing Russia to win the game 2-0, while New Zealand is tipped to win 1-0.
FIFA Confederations Cup Starting Teams
Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev, Kudryashov, Vasin, Dzhikiya, Zhirkov, Samedov, Glushakov, Erokhin, Golovin, Smolov, Poloz. Smolnikov, Shishkin, Kambolov, Bukharov, Gabulov, Kutepov, Miranchuk, Marinato, Kanunnikov, Tarasov, Kombarov, Gazinskiy
New Zealand Starting XI: Marinovic, Durante, Boxall, Smith, Colvey, Wynne, McGlinchey, Barbarouses, Thomas, Wood, Rojas. Subs: Brotherton, Tzimopoulos, Tuiloma, Smeltz, Moss, Patterson, Lewis, Ingham, Doyle, Rufer, Roux, Williams