Russia coach, Stanislav Cherchesov changed his preferred line-up in the round of 16 encounter against the la Rojo.
Cherchesov will likely switch to playing four at the back, however, and try to play more with the ball rather than give it to the Croats and chase them for 90 minutes or more.
Denis Cheryshev could be on his way back to the starting line-up to give his side an extra sharpness.
Yuri Zhirkov is injured and will sit out for Vladimir Granat at left back, while Aleksandr Samedov has also been training alone.
Meanwhile, Croatia head into the game after beating Denmark 3-2 on penalty shootout on Sunday.
Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic probably won’t shuffle his starting XI much.
Captain Luka Modric is expected to partner Ivan Rakitic in the midfield, while Mandzukic will lead the attack line.
Dalic has no new injuries worries in his squad ahead of today’s clash.
The winner of today’s clash will face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals.
Russia’s potential starting XI:
Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov, Zobnin, Kuzyaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.
Croatia’s potential starting XI:
Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic
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