After last weekend's game against Luxembourg was called off after an earthquake in the area, this has become Italy's first warm up match ahead of the Euros.
Cesare Prandelli is likely to try out some new things, including Cassano and Balotelli up front, with Riccardo Montolivo in behind.
Chiellini is available again after a minor knock that would have kept him out of the cancelled friendly against Luxembourg.
This is one of the few friendlies in these times leading up to the Euros that pits two teams that ill be competing at the tournament against one another. The game will thus provide a stern test for both teams, and there is a chance that this could be the warm up game for the two sides facing off again in a few weeks.
Italy have not played much of late, and have plenty of issues within their squad and surrounding Italian football at the moment, notably the latest events in a long line of match-fixing allegations, which could provide an unwelcome distraction. However, they undoubtedly have the stronger squad, and if they play to their potential they certainly have what it takes to beat Russia.
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