A win over Finland last time out puts Russia in a strong position as they look to make the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Qualification is well within their own hands; a win, or even a draw against Denmark would be enough to send them through from Group B.
But Stanislav Cherchesov’s team will want to leave nothing to chance and finish their group campaign as strongly as possible with a win.
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Matvey Safonov (GK) – The 22-year-old is already captain of Krasnodar and ousted the more experienced Anton Shunin for a starting spot against Finland. It would be harsh to drop him.
Dmitri Barinov (CB) – His introduction has led to a change to a back three which has really turned Russia’s fortunes around. Should start on the right if Cherchesov persists with that shape.
Igor Diveev (CB) – Another integral part of the three-at-the-back shape, the 21-year-old was introduced at half-time against Belgium and Russia haven’t looked back since.
Georgiy Dzhikiya (CB) – The Spartak captain brings some much-needed experience to a youthful Russian back line. Absolute shoo-in to start.
2. Wing-backs & midfielders
Vyacheslav Karavaev (RWB) – Mario Fernandes seems unlikely to start after he was stretchered off against Finland. In that case, the right-wing-back shift falls to Karavaev, who can provide some of the missing creativity.
Magomed Ozdoev (CM) – The dependable centre-mid has only missed two of Russia’s games since qualifying for the Euros started back in March 2019 and he seems likely to do so again here.
Roman Zobnin (CM) – His physicality and grit in the middle of the park is an essential part of what makes Russia tick.
Daler Kuzyaev (LWB) – A winger by trade, Kuzyaev will provide some attacking verve from the wing-back role.
Aleksandr Golovin (FW) – The Monaco man assisted seven goals in qualifying as Russia stormed through to Euro 2020 and he’s played every minute at the finals. One of the first names on the team sheet.
Artem Dzyuba (FW) – The first name on the team sheet. The captain doesn’t miss a game when he’s fit, and based on his impressive showing against Finland, he’s fit.
Aleksey Miranchuk (FW) – The Atalanta star’s wonderful strike won the game against Finland and Russia may be leaning on him for his match-winning quality here.