On to the second fixture of the opening day, and the exciting contest between the Russians and the Czech is on. Two attack-minded sides going head-to-head, we can surely expect goals from this match!
The Russian squad looks good on paper, with them boasting former and current English Premier League players in the form of Arsenal’s diminutive winger Andrei Arshavin, their cross-town rivals Tottenham Hotspurs’ striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, former Chelsea midfielder Yuri Zhirkov, and Fulham’s on-loan frontman Pavel Pogrebnyak. With the impressive Igor Akinfeev in goal, the Russains do look like a formidable force in the tournament. This has been reflected in their last 5 fixtures, in which they have not even lost once. They are the odds on favorite to win this contest, with the odds of 2.28 in their favor.
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