Match: Russia vs Turkey
Competition: International Friendlies
Time / Date: 19:00 / 5th June 2018
Venue: VEB Arena
Russia will try to lift the spirit with victory in this match before the opening of the World Cup after a week in which they are hosts.
Sbornaya lost 1: 0 from Austria in the last friendly game at home and it has already been six matches without a victory (2D, 4L). This is certainly not a form in which it is desirable to begin on a huge tournament as expected and desperately need a victory here against Turkey.
Turkey on the other side with their new coach Mircea Lucescu turned things in a different direction and although they did not qualify for this World Cup, they are expecting a tournament in September (UEFA Nations League) and this game will be a good preparation for them coming here as they are without defeat in the last 4 matches (2W, 2D).
In 2016 these two teams met each other and recorded a bold draw 0: 0.
Both teams have defense problems as Russia has kept a clean sheet in front of their fans only twice in the last ten matches while Turkey on the road is the same grief with just two clean sheets of 10 away games. However, I expect the hosts to win before their first match in a week against Saudi Arabia.