2018 World Cup opening/first match
The 2018 World Cup Russia will be officially kicked off on June 14th, Malaysian time. Just like the World Cup events in the past, the opening ceremony will be held before the first opening match. The ceremony will begin at 22:30. The guest performers include British singer Robbie Williams.
The opening match will be officially kicked off at 23:00. There will be 32 national teams competing for the 2018 World Cup.
The opening match is always going to be very intense. The first match will be hosted by Russia against Saudi Arabia. Both teams are expected to put on a good fight for their first victory. In Group A, Russia and Saudi Arabia are seen as the two weaker teams in this group.
Uruguay and Egypt are the better favorites, so in this first World Cup match of 2018, it is believed that both teams will exert their efforts to go for an important 3 points in the game.
2018 World Cup Opening Ceremony, Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Thursday, June 14 at 23:00)
Russia, which was not favored in the 2018 World Cup, was stigmatized as the “weakest host” since South Africa in 2010. The two teams are basically ranked in the top 32, but Saudi Arabia has a better overall lineup. Although there is no absolute advantage in Russia’s team strength, there are other factors that will play to their advantage by having the audience as the host country.
The right time, home location and atmosphere will always bring great strengths to the host; in terms of the following match schedules, Russia’s opening match against Saudi Arabia is their easiest, they then meet Egypt followed by Uruguay. The difficulty in their matches is gradual and relatively favorable for team adjustments. In addition, the first two battles in Russia are Moscow and St. Petersburg, the third battle in Samara is the farthest that is only 1,057 kilometers away from Moscow.
The traveling distance is relatively short preventing travel fatigue to the team. With all these factors playing to the advantage of Russia, their hopes to qualify through the group stages remain strong. In summary, in the first match, the odds will be with the host nation Russia.
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