CHRIS SUTTON’S WORLD CUP BOOTROOM
RUSSIA kick-off their home World Cup still searching for their first win in 2018. They also start tournaments slowly, winning just one of their last five ve opening matches. None of the previous 21 hosts have lost their first match, though, and I am not expecting Russia to buck that trend.
SUTTON’S VERDICT: Russia to win 2-1.
Time to deliver: Russia striker Fedor Smolov