World Cup Round of 16: Spain vs Russia Preview, Probable Line-ups, Betting Odds and Team News

Russia, the hosts, will lock horns with former Champions Spain this evening.


After a disappointing 3-0 loss to Uruguay in their final group game, host nation Russia will look to bounce back in their Round of 16 clash against 2010 World Cup Winners Spain, later tonight at the Luzhinki Stadium.

Spain vs Russia Injury Update and Team News:

Russia’s Igor Smolnikov misses out due to suspension, however, the full-back is expected to be replaced by Mario Fernandes for this game.
Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Golovin are both expected to make it back to the Russian line-up, after being dropped to the bench for the previous game against Uruguay.

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As for Spain, Atletico Madrid star Koke is expected to make a return to the starting XI and will be replacing Thiago Alcantara.

Whereas, Marco Asensio is also being considered to break into the starting line-up for the first time for La Roja in this year’s World Cup Finals and will most notably replace either Andres Iniesta or David Silva.

Spain vs Russia Probable Lineups:




Spain vs Russia Previous Meetings:

This will be 7th collision between Russia and Spain, who are still unbeaten against the former in international competition.

The La Roja currently have put together a total of 4 wins and two draws against Russia, with more than half of the games being played at the Euro Championship.

Their last meeting ended in a 3-3 draw in St. Petersburg.

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Spain vs Russia Key Players:

Spain’s attack will once again prove to be the turning point of this game, considering the fact that the likes of Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta, and Koke have been in superb form in Russia.

As for the Russians, their attack has also been the focal point of their WC Campaign and the likes of Dzuyba and Cheryshev have been leading the frontline in a dominant manner.

Spain Current Form: D, W, D, W, D

Russia Current Form: L, D, W, W, L

Russia vs Spain Betting Odds:

Spain: 9-2
Russia: 8-1

Russia vs Spain Live Screening:

The game is scheduled on Sunday from 7.30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony network and also in the Sony Liv app. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.