world cup matchday 17 preview

12:30    01 Jul 2018

Spain player Andres Iniesta during a training session
The 2018 World Cup matchday 17 will see two highly-anticipated Round of 16 matches taking place in the Russian cities of Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.

The first game of the day will feature an encounter between European giants Spain and tournament hosts Russia at the iconic Luzhiniki Stadium in Moscow.

Spain's Red Fury, who won the 2010 World Cup, booked their place in this round after winning Group B, while the Golden Eagles of Russia were Group A runners-up.

The Red Fury will look to Diego Costa, who has scored three goals in this year's tournament, while Russia attacker Denis Cherychev has also netted three times and he is the Golden Eagles' key player.

In head-to-head stats according to FIFA.com, Spain and Russia have clashed 12 times. The Red Fury have won six games compared to the Golden Eagles' two victories, while four games ended in a draw.

The last meeting between the two teams was on the 14th of November 2017. The two Europeans sides played to a 3-3 draw in a friendly match in Saint Petersburg.

The second game will take place in Nizhny Novgorod with Croatia taking on fellow European side Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Croatia's Blazers impressively reached the Round of 16 after winning Group E, while the Danish Dynamite of Denmark finished second in Group F.

Luka Modric is an inspirational captain for the Blazers and he has what it takes to inspire his side to victory over the Danish Dynamite, who have influential attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen in their squad.

In head-to-head stats according to FIFA.com, Croatia and Denmark have locked horns five times. The two teams have both recorded two wins each, while one game ended in a draw.

The last match between Croatia and Denmark was on the 5th of June 2004. The Blazers edged out the Danish Dynamite 2-1 in a friendly match in Copenhagen.

Matchday 17, Sunday 01 July – Fixtures

Last 16, Match 1 – Spain v Russia– Luzhiniki Stadium, Moscow, 16h00 CAT
Last 16, Match 2 – Croatia v Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 20h00 CAT
 

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