- Russia have won just 5 of their last 20 internationals. Argentina have won 7 of their last 8 friendlies, scoring over 1.5 goals in 6 of those games.
- Leo Messi has scored 16 goals in 15 games for club and country heading into this game.
- Russia has conceded at least a goal in each of their last 10 matches(average rate of 1.6 goals per game) loosing 3 of those games in the process.
- Russia are unbeaten in their last five friendly matches with all but one on home soil scoring 12 goals in the process.
- Since last March, Argentine are unbeaten in their last six matches overall.
- Argentina have lost only two friendlies in the last five years coming into this game, with their last defeat coming three years ago almost to the day.
HEAD TO HEAD
- Russia have faced Argentina just once before, losing 3-2 at home eight years ago. Only Igor Akinfeev and Alan Dzagoev played from the current squad.
- Giorgi Jikia was not called up to the national team and that could see Roman Neustadter start in defence..
- Striker Artem Dzyuba is still missing for Russia. 5 players have been dropped from their last squad, the most notable being Spartak midfielder Aleksandr Samedov.
- Cherchesov can be expected to continue with a three-man defence here.
- The three-man defence may be retained after overcoming Ecuador 3-1 last time out.
- Diego Perotti and Eduardo Salvio may provide the width, while Sergio Aguero could lead the attack, though has competition from Diego Bendetto and Paulo Dybala for a starting spot.
- Striker Mauro Icardi, midfielders Marcos Acuña and Lucas Biglia, as well as defender Gabriel Mercado have withdrawn from the squad due to injury. Leo Messi and Sergio Aguero are involved.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AT 1.95 SPORTPESA ODDS