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Uruguay v Russia: Luis Suarez out to crash World Cup hosts' party

02:13 EAT 25/06/2018
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The hosts will face their first big World Cup test against Luis Suarez's Uruguay

The battle for top spot in Group A will be fought in Samara as hosts Russia take on Uruguay - with both teams winning their opening two matches against Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Many thought the Russians would fail in front of their home crowds, particularly as they didn't record a victory in seven matches leading up to the World Cup.

But instead they have fired up their adoring supporters with eight goals in two matches - and in fact covered more kilometres per match than any other team in Russia, underlying their work rate.

Spanish-based winger Denis Cheryshev is Russia's top scorer with three goals - not a bad effort considering he had failed to find the back of the net in all of his previous 11 caps.

The Russians have a terrific record against Uruguay, winning six of their eight encounters (including their time as the Soviet Union), but their opponents on Monday featuring Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani will be a completely different prospect.

However the Uruguayans haven't been particular impressive, scraping through with a pair of 1-0 victories in their first two group games.

Suarez found the net with a clever finish in their last outing against Saudi Arabia, and he will be keen to put Russia to the sword with the help of Cavani.

Uruguay's last win against Russia came courtesy of an extra-time winner at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

However they do have a good recent record against European sides, defeating England and Italy at Brazil 2014 - snapping a 15-game winless against the continent.

Expect the South Americans to be resilient and absorb the pressure from the home side and fans until they can strike the other way.

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