Russia has to come out of the blocks strong and this is the perfect match for them to do so. Cech has had an outstanding finish to the season and will have to repeat that form in order to keep the Russian strike force of Pavlyuchenko and Pogrebnyak at bay. It will be a tall order given Russia’s recent form which includes a 3-0 thumping of Italy.
Pre-match prediction: Russia 2 Czech Republic 0.
I look for Pavlyuchenko and Dzagoev to score.