Russia were without a doubt the surprise package of the 2018 WC, and seem to only grow in confidence by the day.
This team may not be close to the top, but it is a team full of grit and confidence. Their exploits in the World Cup have continued in friendlies, and any team out there needs to fear them. ArteM Dzyuba and Dennis Cheryshev have done themselves lots of favors in the world stage and will be happy to keep the fire burning.
Turkey has been missing in action for some time now, but their performance in the UEFA nations League has been a beauty to watch. They came from two goals behind to brush aside a Sweden side that finished as WC quarterfinalists, so that is a message that they need to be taken seriously. It will be feisty affair, that’s for sure, but if what we saw in the WC is anything to go by, this should be quite the game.