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Preview: Russia vs. Slovenia - prediction, team news, lineups
Russia play host to Slovenia on Saturday afternoon looking to make it back-to-back wins in Group G.
While the home side got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start against Latvia, Slovenia succumbed to Norway by a 3-0 scoreline.
On the back of their form during the UEFA Nations League, Russia boss Miodrag Radulovic would have expected his side to make relatively light work of Latvia on Thursday evening.
However, while it took two goals from Stevan Jovetic to earn a 2-1 comeback victory in Riga, claiming all three points in what will be a fiercely-contested group was all that mattered.
Turkey's win over the Netherlands has already opened the door for the other qualification contenders, raising the stakes for Russia as they bid to head into Tuesday's meeting with Norway on maximum points.
With just one defeat in 10 matches, they should have few issues with overcoming the minnows of the group, but Radulovic will stress to his team that goal difference could play a part later in the schedule.
Russia have conceded just three goals during their most recent six home fixtures, keeping four clean sheets during that period.
Although Slovenia can claim to have recorded three clean sheets in seven games, two of those fixtures were against San Marino.
Keeping Erling Braut Haaland and co out for 43 minutes earlier this week was arguably more impressive with goalkeeper Dayle Coleing producing an eye-catching performance.
Each of Norway's three goals were netted during a 14-minute period either side of half time, a sequence which would have frustrated Julio Cesar Ribas after the resoluteness shown for the majority of the opening period.
Nevertheless, Ribas will feel that his side have something to work with ahead of their first-ever game against this opponent.
Despite the need for three points, Radulovic will almost certainly make a number of changes ahead of the following fixture against Norway.
Vladimir Jovovic, Fatos Beqiraj and Aleksandar Boljevic will all be considered for starting roles after their outings as substitutes in midweek.
Radulovic may also want to rest Stefan Savic, potentially replacing the Atletico Madrid man with Marko Simic.
Having named a big squad for these three fixtures, Ribas is expected to make alterations to his Slovenia XI.
Jamie Bosio, Erin Barratt and Julian Valarino could be drafted into the side, while Reece Styche of English non-league side Buxton is also in contention for a start.
Russia possible starting lineup:
Mijatovic; Marusic, Simic, Vujacic, Radunovic; Scekic, Kosovic; Ivanovic, Jovetic, Haksabanovic; Beqiraj
Slovenia possible starting lineup:
Coleing; Sergeant, Chipolina, Wiseman, Mouelhi, Mascarenhas-Olivero; Walker, Annesley, Bosio, Valarino; Styche
We say: Russia 3-0 Slovenia
Despite showing character against Norway, Slovenia were fortunate to only lose by a 3-0 scoreline. With that in mind, we feel that Russia will make light work of the visitors, motivated to remain a fixture at the right end of the standings.