Uruguay vs Russia
World Cup Gp A 3:00pm Monday 25th June Samara Arena
World Cup hosts Russia will face Uruguay for top spot in Group A on Monday.
With both Russia and Uruguay winning their opening games against Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the two nations are already through to the last 16 and now fighting to see who emerges top of the group A
Uruguay will be without defender Jose Giminez for this match, the 23-year-old defender staying behind as he attempts to recover from a thigh muscle injury.
As for Russia, Alan Dzagoev remains unavailable as he continues to suffer from the hamstring injury he picked up in the first half of the opening World Cup game against Saudi Arabia.
Uruguay: Muslera; Valera, Coates, Godin, Caceres; Sanchez, Vecino, Bentacur, Rodriguez; Cavani, Luis Suarez
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinsky, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.
Head to Head
The previous meeting between Russia and Uruguay saw them finish the match 1-1 in 2012
This will be the first time that Uruguay will be facing Russia in a World Cup match post-Soviet era.
Russia has recorded 6 victories in their 8 matches against the former champions (which includes matches as the Soviet Union) but is tied one a piece at the World Cup, with the last match ending in a 1-0 in favour of the Uruguay.