Team news: Russia start Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin in World Cup opener
World Cup hosts Russia start both Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin for their opening match against Saudi Arabia.
The hosts' squad has been ravaged by injury in the build up to the tournament but manager Stanislav Cherchesov is still able to call upon two of his most influential players.
Dzagoev has been the darling of Russian football for some time whilst Golovin made waves when he scored a free-kick against Arsenal in the Europa League.
For Saudi Arabia the talismanic Mohammed Al-Sahlawi starts up front whilst the exciting Fahad Al-Muwallad is an option of the bench for Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Saudi Arabia - Al-Maiouf; Alburayk, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani; Otayf, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Al-Jassam; Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi