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|October 10, 2009 - 10:00pm(GMT+6:00)||World Cup Qualifying||Live|
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Russia v Germany European World Cup qualifier Match Preview
Russia will welcome Group 4 leaders Germany at the Luzhniki Stadium in a decisive World Cup qualifier.
Table status, comparisons, and analysis
In a table like Group 4 where other countries are already out of contention mathematically, the attention turns very much to the top where two fierce teams eye nothing but automatic qualification.
Both Russia and Germany have recorded seven wins in eight world cup qualifiers. The Germans’ dominance is mainly due to their goal scoring instinct. Germany have an average of three goals per game as they have scored 24 goals so far – six more than their nearest challengers Russia.
With only two more games to be played in the group, Joachim Low’s German squad seat just on top of the standings with only one point separating them from the Red Army. Germany’s top position is the result of their unbeaten run in the European World Cup qualifiers.
If Guus Hiddink’s Russia want to qualify automatically to the finals of the World Cup in South Africa, then they might well have to break the Mannschaft’s unbeaten record.
A victory for Russia against their German foes will put them on 24 points, two points above the current group leaders. Meanwhile, three points for Germany will create a four-point gap and ultimately see them reach the finals of the World Cup in South Africa in style with a game to go.
Players to watch during Russia v Germany
Miroslav Klose is heading closer to clinching the European World Cup qualifiers top scorer title. The Bayern Munich striker has six goals in his name in the campaign.
Podolski and Ballack are also poised to prove themselves. The pair scored a goal each in the first leg of this encounter to ensure a 2-1 victory for Germany.
For Russia, the spotlight will be on Euro 2008 sensation Andrei Arshavin. The new Russia captain is preparing for this titanic clash and he expects the best for his side.
"Our main target for October 10 will be to enjoy our football and pick up a good result,” the Arsenal midfielder declared this week.
Germany team news
As at now, Germany’s national team coach Joachim Low has not revealed his man squad. Presently, the news is that goalkeeper Robert Enke will not feature for his country for the upcoming qualifiers.
The stopper is ill and has been replaced by Bayern Leverkusen’s Rene Adler who has just been named by the coach as Germany’s first choice keeper.
Speaking to Bild, Joachim Low avowed his confidence in Rene Adler:
"Rene Adler is my new first choice between the sticks, assuming nothing serious happens. He has my absolute confidence after keeping clean sheets against South Africa and Azerbaijan."
Russia team news
There will be four Russian players from the English Premier League. Andrei Arshavin has received an obvious call up as he has recovered from his groin injury. Chelsea’s Yury Zhirkov is also free from injury now and has been included in the 23-man roster that will face both Germany and Azerbaijan.
Tottenham Hotspurs Pavlyuchenko and Everton’s Diniar Bilyaletdinov complete the English Premier League Russian quartet that is part of the national team’s man squad.
Russia’s number one keeper Vladimir Gabulov will miss the encounter after being sidelined with an injury. Gabulov’s absence has also made way to stopper Sosland from Spartak Moscow.
Russia's 23-man squad
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vyacheslav Malafeev, Soslan Dzhanaev
Defenders: Aleksandr Anyukov, Vasili Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutsky, Yury Zhirkov, Renat Yanbaev
Midfielders: Diniar Bilyaletdinov, Vladimir Bystrov, Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Igor Semshov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksei Rebko, Sergei Semak, Dmitri Torbinsky
Strikers: Andrey Arshavin, Aleksandr Bukharov, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Pavel Pogrebniak.