The four-year wait is finally over. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is going to kick start today at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. There will an opening ceremony before the start of the first game between the host country Russia and Saudi Arabia. The ceremony will feature many famous stars from all around the world such as Robbie Williams, Aida Garifullina, Nicky Jam and Will Smith
The first game of 2018 World Cup will continue the entertainment and will make sure the level of excitement doesn’t drop down after an action-packed opening ceremony. Both Russia and Saudi Arabia will be looking to win their opening game and start their World Cup campaign on a positive note. Russia will be playing in front of their home supporters, a big edge. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has qualified for World Cup after 12 years and will try to make a great comeback in the competition.
Looking at the history of World Cup, the host team have won their opening games on four occasions out of five (In 2002, South Korea and Japan hosted World Cup and South Korea won their first game while Japan played a draw). In 2010 World Cup, South Africa drew their first game. However, not a single host has lost their opening game of the World Cup. These statistics tell a lot, but you never know because not all the teams can handle the pressure of playing at such big platform.
In the warm-up games, Russia lost their first game 1-0 against Austria and drew their second game 1-1 against Turkey. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia lost their first game 2-1 against Italy, lost their second game 3-0 against Peru and lost their final warm-up game 2-1 against Germany. These games just show that the defense of both the teams is not that good. Also, both the teams are capable of scoring goals but looking at the overall squad Russia has an edge over Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is going to become the first ever World Cup in the history to use the VAR technology. I can’t say whether it will turn out to be a good decision or not. However, looking at the former games of the World Cup, I think it was a good decision to include VAR.