Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Russia and Slovenia face each other at Fisht Olympic Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program. The Russians faced no difficulties in a 3-1 win over Malta, but the game against Slovenia will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Zenit attacker Artem Dzyuba, who found the net in the opener, should keep his place up front, but Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev remains on the sidelines.
The Slovenians, on the other hand, did well to beat fellow ex Yugoslavian republic Croatia thanks to Sandi Lovric’s goal. Matjaz Kek is doing a good job with the Slovenian national team, and given Cheryshev’s absence, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up one point from the match. Sporting Braga attacker Andraz Sporar is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Denis Cheryshev):
Probably the most famous Russian footballer never to have played for a domestic club, Denis Cheryshev was born in Nizhny Novgorod, but began his career at Sporting Gijon as his father played for the Spanish side at the time.
The talented winger eventually caught the eye of Real Madrid and went on to spend eight years in the youth academy at Santiago Bernabeu before he was given a chance to impress on senior level. Due to a fierce competition for places in Madrid, Cheryshev was forced to gain much needed first team experience via loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, and he showed a great deal of potential during those stints, proving los Blancos were wrong to let him leave.
Chersyhev has been in and out of the Russia national team since making his debut in 2012, but there is a good chance he will become an important member of Sbornaya Komanda as soon as he secures regular playing time at club level. The Russian footballer is capable of operating on either wing or through the middle, and he has proved to be quite prolific in terms of both goals and assists.
Highlighted Team (Slovenia):
Slovenia have been competing on the international stage following the split of Yugoslavia in 1991. The Slovenians were outclassed by France in their first unofficial match (0-5), whilst they shared the spoils with Estonia in their first official game (1-1).
The former Yugoslav republic participated at three major football tournaments, with the team making it to the FIFA World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea (2002) and South Africa 2010, whilst booking their place at the Euro 2000 which was hosted by Netherlands and Belgium. Slovenia, though, have yet to make it to the knockout stages of the major tournament and that remains their unfulfilled dream.
Srecko Katanec and Zlatko Zahovic are regarded as the most famous footballers who played for the Slovenian national football team and they were part of Slovenia’s “Golden generation”. The Slovenians, who recorded their biggest win against Oman in 1999, welcome their rivals at Ljudski vrt in Stozice and the capacity of the venue is 12.702.