Russia vs New Zealand 17/6/2017
The curtain-raiser to the 2017 Confederations Cup will be played in the quite brilliant Saint Petersburg Stadium. Big key players Alan Dzagoev and Artyom Dzyuba are not in the Russia squad, which will be captained by the evergreen Igor Akinfeev. Russia’s stretch of recent results is encouraging following a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, where they finished bottom of their group. They drew 3-3 against Belgium and 1-1 with Chile. The Russians simply got to take this game by the scruff of the neck and show that they aren’t no pushovers.