Spain are set to keep faith with goalkeeper David de Gea despite some criticism of his performances so far.
Marco Asensio could replace David Silva in attack, while Spain must decide whether to risk Sergio Busquets, who is a booking away from a suspension.
Russia’s Igor Smolnikov is banned after his red card versus Uruguay, so Mario Fernandes is set to play at right-back.
Aleksandr Golovin, Fedor Smolov and Yuri Gazinsky are all one yellow card away from a one-game suspension.
SPAIN LINE UP
1 David De Gea (Goalkeeper)
4 Nacho Fernández (Defender)
3 Gerard Piqué (Defender)
15 Sergio Ramos (Defender)
18 Jordi Alba (Defender)
8 Koke (Midfielder)
5 Sergio Busquets (Midfielder)
21 David Silva (Midfielder)
22 Isco (Midfielder)
20 Marco Asensio (Midfielder)
19 Diego Costa (Forward)
RUSSIA LINE UP
1 Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper)
3 Ilya Kutepov (Defender)
4 Sergey Ignashevich (Defender)
13 Fedor Kudryashov (Defender)
2 Mário Fernandes (Midfielder)
7 Daler Kuzyaev (Midfielder)
11 Roman Zobnin (Midfielder)
18 Yury Zhirkov (Defender)
19 Aleksandr Samedov (Midfielder)
17 Aleksandr Golovin (Midfielder)
22 Artem Dzyuba (Forward)
Spain, who are unbeaten since losing to Italy at Euro 2016, have yet to hit the heady heights with which they are usually associated, but Russia may be a team against whom they can cut loose. They will certainly attempt to dominate the ball.
La Roja led the tournament for passes attempted (2,294) and completed (2,089) in the group stage, making nearly 300 more of each than any other nation. Spain have also had 41 shots from open play, 15 more than their opponents, and have created 42 goalscoring chances, 24 more than the Russians.
The home team, however, have worked like Trojans and have been clinical when opportunities have come knocking. Russia are ranked bottom at this tournament for chances created, with 18, but have still managed to score eight goals, while in terms of distance covered in the group stage (331km) they ranked third. Being roared on by an 80,000 capacity-crowd may add yet more miles to their legs.
VIEW FROM BOTH CAMPS
Spain defender Dani Carvajal: “From now on the games are life or death, you can’t play for a draw, you either win or you go home.
“I think these games are going to be different and we will recover our best form.”
Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov: “Spain play football that is clear to us. It’s difficult to find ways to deal with it but we’ll try.
“We’ve played against (former Spain head coach) Julen Lopetegui’s men and now we can see changes under Fernando Hierro. I won’t go into detail but the team plays differently.”
Russia have done very well to get this far, but I think Spain are a step up in class that will be too much for them.
Source: BBC News