Russia vs Egypt – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
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20th June 2018 – 04:00 AEST
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Host Nation Russia and top African team, Egypt face each other in their second respective matches of Group A action. With Uruguay widely tipped to go through as top qualifiers from Group A, this could prove to be a crucial match in determining the second qualifier from Group A to go through to the knockout stage.
Russia got their World Cup off to the perfect start with a resounding 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. The upcoming clash against Egypt looks to be a lot tougher with the Pharaohs realistically needing a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Egypt went down to Uruguay in their opening match but didn’t deserve to lose. Russia are favourites to win this game and William Hill has them at 2.25 to triumph in front of their home fans.
Russia vs Egypt Preview
The burning question that will dominate the build-up to this game will be whether Mo Salah will feature for the Pharaohs. Salah didn’t play during Egypt’s opener against Uruguay, and the lack of end product showed in the final third without him.
The Egyptians need a result and will throw the kitchen sink at Russia but anything less than a win could spell the end for them. Russia will know that a win will send them through to the round of 16 and will prefer getting the job done against Egypt rather than having to win against Uruguay in their last group game.
Russia vs Egypt Score Prediction
Egypt will pose a much tougher test for the Russians and they won’t be expected to run riot again like they did against Saudi Arabia. A 2-1 victory for the Russians is priced at 11.00 by Bet365.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
This could be Egypt’s last roll of the dice if they are to mount any sort of fight to get out of this group. With that in mind, Mo Salah should play and goals should be more forthcoming, as the 26-year old gives them more cutting edge up front. Russia have proved they can score, as their opener against Saudi Arabia illustrated. Both teams to score can be found at 2.05 with Ladbrokes.
This should be an end-to-end affair with Egypt looking to bounce back positively after their opening loss. Combine that with Russia’s offensive threat and Over 2.5 Goals looks like good value with Betstar at 2.45
Group A Standings
Russia sit atop Group A as their convincing win against Saudi Arabia gives them a superior goal difference to Uruguay. With Egypt outside of the top two positions, they will see the clash with Russia as a golden chance to register their first point and get back into the mix.
Russia were winless in their last seven games before playing Saudi Arabia
These two sides have never met before
Mo Salah is 2.80 to score anytime with Betfair
Egypt only scored one goal during their last World Cup appearance in 1990
These two teams have not previously faced each other head-to-head in a full international.
World Cup Qualifiers
As host nation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia did not have go through the usual qualification process. However, they have been ever-present and showing mixed form in international play over the last few months with losses to Brazil, France and Austria combined with an impressive 3-3 draw with 2010 World Cup Champions Spain.
Top Potential Goals Scorers
Fyodor Smolov: Reportedly being scouted by the recently EPL-promoted Wolves and Fulham, Fyodor Smolov has been impressed with his performances for Russian side FK Krasnodar. His 14 league goals guided Krasnodar to a surprising fourth-place finish.
2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – Betstar – $101.00
Fyodor Chalov: Chalov is young and nippy forward around the box, capable of scoring all kinds of goals as well as being good in the air despite his short-ish 1.77m height
Egypt powered through their African qualifying group quite easily and comfortably accounted for Uganda, Congo and the very strong team from Ghana, that had qualified for previous World Cups. The excellent 1-1 and 2-0 results with Ghana points to the evidence of strength in this Egyptian side.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
Liverpool & Global Superstar, Mohamed Salah – Scored 5 goals in Egypt’s qualification process. Add in Salah’s 40 + goals in the 2017-18 season across all games and competitions for Liverpool (including leading them to the Champions League Final), and it is abundantly clear that Salah is a goal sneak of the highest calibre.
2018 Top Goal Scorer Odds – Betstar – $26.00
Abdulla El-Said – 3 goals.