Our football match prediction:
2018 World Cup hosts Russia continue their preparations for the upcoming showpiece tournament. The Russians did well to hold Spain to a 3-3 draw in their last warm-up game, but they will have a big fish fry in Friday's football match against Brazil. Stanislav Cherchesov's men are on a three-game winless run and despite the fact that the South American giants will be without injured superstar Neymar in the Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki clash, we do not believe that the hosts are going to put an end to the negative trend. The Brazilians have been producing thrilling performances ever since Tite took over the reins and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Friday's friendly. Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino has been scoring goals for fun this term and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Aleksandr Kokorin):
Aleksandr Kokorin started his youth career at Lokomotiv Moscow. The prolific striker then began playing for fellow capital club Dynamo Moscow at senior level and it has to be noted that he scored 19 goals in 114 league appearances for the team. The Russian footballer joined Anzhi Makhackala on 4 July, 2013, but seeing that the whole squad was put up for sale due to financial problems, he did not make his debut for the club in the Russian Premier League. He was quickly transferred back to Dynamo Moscow and in 2016 he signed a contract with star-studded Zenit Saint Petersburg. On 9 April, 2016 Aleksandr Kokorin scored his first goal for the Zenitchki against Amkar Perm. The 183-cm-tall attacker has 17 caps for Russia U-21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 11 November, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Greece. The Zenit forward scored his first goal for the Russian national team on 11 September, 2012, against Israel.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States. Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.