Russia vs New Zealand Preview, Face-Off: FIFA Confederations Cup. FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is going to kick off from 17th June (today) and ends on 2 July 2017. FIFA Confederations Cup is an international men’s football championship that is being organized in Russia prelude to the FIFA world cup 2018. Check the complete Russia vs New Zealand Preview and Face-Off here.
The UEFA member Russia is debuting in this confederation cup and after much controversy, it has become the host of both the Confederation cup 2017 and the FIFA world cup 2018. Being the hosts, Russia has gained a privilege to kick off the first game.
Battling Teams and Venue
Russia and New Zealand will be battling on the pitch today to win the game. The match is going to be held in the Arena of Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg) from 18:00 local time (16:00 BST).
Russia vs New Zealand Preview
New Zealand: Strong and Weak points
The opponent of the home team is New Zealand. ‘All Whites’ is the best team on the weakest football continent of Oceania. However, you should not underestimate them as after so many defeats they would be eager to show rest of the planet what they can do on the pitch and they have improved under English coach Anthony Hudson.
The star of the Kiwis is Chris Wood from Leeds United and Winston Reid. They have hard worked but limited squad so not much is expected from them. If we see their past performances, they have scored only 2 goals in 9 Federation Cup games. New Zealand will truly have to do a lot because their condition is troubling. They were not even able to beat poor Belarus side.
Russia: Strong and weak points
The Host of Confederations Cup looks incredibly strong so they are expected to score a couple of goals. Russia draws last friendly match 1-1 against Chile. Russia as host surely wanna show up its competence to their fans. They also have very good team players like Fedor Smolov, Lgor Smolnikov, Denis Glushakov and more and Stanislav Cherchesov is the coach of the team.
The Russians have experience and they are able to cope with all the odds. In goal, they have the evergreen Igor Akinfeev and in defense Vasili Berezulski, Sergei Ignasevich and Dimitri Kombasov. In attack they have inconsiderable talents of Alan Dzagoev, Artem Dzyuba, and Aleksandr Kokorin, they have more than enough firepower against New Zealand.
Some Stats of the Russia vs New Zealand Face-off
This is first ever International football meeting between these two teams. New Zealand is, however, playing its 4th Confederation football championship but has lost 8 of 9 tournaments. This tournament gives a chance to the Russian team of redemption of their poor performance in Euro 2016.
Russia vs New Zealand Prediction
Russia has definitely a strong team and matches being at their home ground, they will surely have lots of excitement and vigour to push them on. If they play with full focus, they will easily defeat New Zealand as it doesn’t seem in its form.