The two sides face each other in a competitive international for the first time as they both kick-off their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign in Moscow with the hosts favourites
Anyukov, Ignashevich, V.B'skiy, A.B'skiy
Bystrov, Dzagoev, Bilyaletdinov,
Hughes, McAuley, Evans, McGivern
Norwood, Davis, Baird, Brunt
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill goes into his first competitive international with three of his squad unavailable through injury. Newcastle left-back Shane Ferguson (groin), Martin Paterson (hamstring) both miss out, while Celtic midfielder Paddy McCourt (groin) looks set to miss the trip to Moscow and Tuesday's clash with Luxembourg.
Russia manager Fabio Capello has made a number of changes ahead of the contest, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrey Arshavin have both been left out, as has Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. Yuri Zhirkov and Sergei Semak were both omitted due to injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Northern Ireland and Russia have never faced each other in a competitive international.
- Northern Ireland have only ever qualified for the finals of a World Cup on two occasions, in 1982 and again in 1986.
- Billy Bingham's men advanced to the second group stage in '82 before being knocked out. However, they could not repeat the feat in Mexico four years later as they fell at the first hurdle.
- Since that point Northern Ireland have never finished higher than fourth in a World Cup qualification group.
- Fabio Capello (pictured right) takes charge of his first competitive game as Russia boss on Friday and takes over from Dick Advocaat.
- The Russians have only qualified twice for the World Cup since the fall of the Soviet Union, in 1994 and in 2002. On both occasions they were eliminated in the group stage.
- Following the omission of Arshavin, every player in the Russian squad now plies their trade in the Russian Premier League.
- Russia striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov has not scored a competitive goal for his country since October 2010.
- Russia have lost just four of their last 20 competitive internationals.