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Five reasons Russia v Saudi Arabia will rock!

We've been waiting patiently for the World Cup to begin and it's almost time! Hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening game on Thursday and there are five reasons you should be buzzing!

SMOLOV SCORES GOALS!

We should be guaranteed goals, or at least goal, if Krasnodar forward Fyodor Smolov plays! We're confident he will start and Russia have high hopes for him! After all, he bagged 14 goals in just 22 Russian league games last season!

EASY PIZZI!

There's a new face in the Saudi Arabia dugout! Former Valencia and Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi will be taking charge of his first competitive game for the Arabian nation. Saudi Arabia haven't won in the World Cup since 1994 though, so he's got quite a task on his hands!

PRE-GAME PARTY!

Before the footy even begins kicks off, there will be a big party on the pitch, featuring 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists! Oh yeah, and a massive firework display!

ROB DOG!

Guess who's performing at the ceremony too? Only Robbie Williams! This year's ceremony will be a lot shorter than previous tournaments, meaning Robbie will raise the roof and then we'll get on with the footy. Sweet!

FIRST AND FINAL!

The first game of the tournament will give fans a first look at the stadium that will be hosting the final game of the World Cup! The Luzhniki stadium holds 81,000 punters – so the atmosphere's going to be AWESOME!

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