Russia should beat Egypt even if Mohamed Salah starts while Colombia could take control of Group H by beating Japan
- Hosts Russia play Egypt in their second match of the World Cup on Tuesday
- But first, Group H kicks off with Colombia vs Japan, before Poland vs Senegal
- Sportsmail’s CHRIS SUTTON is backing Russia and Colombia to win their games
The opening round of World Cup fixtures will be completed on Tuesday when the four teams in Group H end their long wait to get involved.
Colombia play Japan in Saransk before Poland and Senegal clash at Spartak Moscow’s Otkritie Arena.
Sportsmail’s CHRIS SUTTON gives his verdict ahead of an action-packed day of World Cup football.
Mohamed Salah (left) and his Egypt team-mates trained on the eve of Tuesday’s game
COLOMBIA vs JAPAN – Group H at 1pm in Saransk on BBC 1
Colombia laboured in qualifying, failing to beat Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, but the return of Radamel Falcao is a huge boost.
With him and James Rodriguez, they boast a formidable attack. Japan pass the ball well but defensively there are question marks.
SUTTON’S VERDICT: Colombia win 2-1
Star men Radamel Falcao (left) and James Rodriguez could prove too much for Japan’s defence
POLAND vs SENEGAL – Group H at 4pm at Spartak Moscow on ITV
Poland conceded 14 goals in qualifying — the worst record of the European group winners — so rely on Robert Lewandowski and Co to outscore opponents.
Sadio Mane is the key man in a Senegal side blessed with pace and power. This could be tight.
SUTTON’S VERDICT: 1-1
Sadio Mane will be one to watch as Senegal take on Poland at Spartak Moscow’s Otkritie Arena
RUSSIA vs EGYPT – Group A at 7pm in St Petersburg on BBC 1
Mohamed Salah must start if Egypt are to have any hope.
Even if he does, I expect Russia to continue their explosive start to their home tournament.
SUTTON’S VERDICT: Russia to win 3-1
Liverpool ace Salah must start if Egypt are to have a chance but Russia should win either way