Our football match prediction:
Tuesday’s football match at Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht pits together Russia and Belgium. The Russians aim to prepare in the best possible way for the next year’s showpiece tournament in their homeland and coach Stansilav Cherchesov will certainly use the upcoming friendly games to test as many players as possible. It is well known that Russia are tough to beat at home, but the game against the star-studded Red Devils will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. A man to watch in the home team will be Zenit attacker Dzyuba, who has netted eight goals in the Russian Premier League so far this season. Belgium, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in the World Cup qualifiers and the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Kevin de Bruyne are likely to make life difficult for the opposition back-line. Taking everything into account, we predict that both teams will find the net in the Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht clash.
Highlighted Player (Kompany):
Vincent Kompany is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world of football. The Belgian ace was born on 10 April, 1986 and he is capable of playing as centre back and defensive midfielder. Kompany began his youth career at Anderlecht and in 2006 he arrived to Germany to play for Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. Two years later he signed for Manchester City for a fee of £6 million. The Man City defender has won two Premier League trophies with the Etihad Stadium outfit (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and he made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season with the Citizens. Vicent Kompany was named the Premier League player of the season in the 2011/2012 campaign and it has to be noted that he was awarded the captaincy of Man City back then. The Belgium international married Carla Higgs in 2011, who gave birth to their two children (daughter and son).
Highlighted Team (Russia):
While they won the 1960 European Championship, while losing in the final in 1964, 1972 and 1988 as Soviet Union, Russia have enjoyed little success since starting to compete as an independent country in 1992. Their best result up to date is the third-placed finish at the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, while the team failed to get past the group stage at the World Cup finals in three attempts. However, with Russian Premier League getting stronger by the day, the national team have started to improve as well, and they now finally seem capable of matching the world’s top sides. The new generation includes high-quality footballers such as Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Kokorin, Artyom Dzyuba and Oleg Shatov, while the likes of Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Roman Shirokov and Yuri Zhirkov are nearing the closing stages of their careers. But, with plenty of exciting talent coming through the ranks, future definitely looks bright for the Russia national team.