Russia vs Egypt Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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19th June 2018 – 14:00 ET
Russia were very impressive in their opener, recording a comfortable 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia but this looks set to be tougher. They should just about edge out Egypt in their second Group A encounter. The Pharaohs were unlucky to lose against an out-of-sorts Uruguay side but they didn’t show enough ambition in the final third and, if Mo Salah isn’t 100%, they could struggle yet again. They’re still waiting for their first ever World Cup victory and it’s unlikely to come in this encounter. Russia can be backed at 2.26 with Pinnacle.
Russia vs Egypt Preview
After a poor build-up, Russian fans are feeling optimistic about their side’s chances of reaching the round of 16 and they will be fairly confident of picking up three points in this one. Mo Salah didn’t start in Egypt’s first game but he was named amongst the substitutes and is likely to feature here. They need some inspiration in the final third.
If Russia can pick up three points here, they will be pretty much guaranteed a place in the knock-out round, whilst a defeat leaves Egypt with a huge uphill challenge. There’s plenty at stake here.
Russia vs Egypt Odds
Russia vs Egypt Score Prediction
Even though Russia should win this game, there isn’t expected to be much between these two sides. 1-1 is amongst the most popular scorelines although 2-1 Russia seems the likeliest outcome. It is available at 12.00 with William Hill.
Russia were free-scoring during their opening game and have plenty of players who are capable of finding the back of the net. They looked particularly dangerous from set-pieces and will once again aim to unsettle the Egyptian defence. Over 2.5 Goals looks a decent option at 2.40 with Sports Interaction whilst it’s 1.25 for Under 3.5 Goals in this clash and is perfect for those who don’t mind a shorter price.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Egypt failed to find the net against Uruguay but did look dangerous at times. They simply must score in this game in order to keep their chances of staying in the 2018 World Cup alive. Russia look handy going forward but also have a defence which may creak if it comes under pressure. Bodog make it 2.00 for both sides to get on the scoresheet.
Russia haven’t won more than a single game at a World Cup since 1986
Russia drew two of their first three games at the 2018 World Cup
Denis Cheryshev will be aiming to add to his two goals in the opening fixture. Since competing as ‘Russia’, only Oleg Salenko has netted three or more goals at this tournament
Cheryshev is 7.50 to score the first goal with 888Sport
Egypt failed to win any of their three group games at the 1990 World Cup
Egypt scored just a single goal during their last World Cup appearance
World Cup Qualifiers
Russia did not need to play any World Cup qualifiers. They automatically qualified for the tournament as hosts. They did play a number of friendlies which yielded mixed results.
Egypt finished top of Group E, averaging over two points per game. They were only defeated once during six qualifiers and finished four points clear of Uganda.
Mo Salah – 5 goals. The Liverpool winger is 50.00 with Sports Interaction to secure the golden boot at the 2018 World Cup.
Goalkeepers – Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunyov
Defenders – Sergei Ignashevich, Igor Smolnikov, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Roman Neustadter, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Konstantin Rausch.
Midfielders – Yuri Zhirkov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yury Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Aleksandr Tashayev
Forwards – Fyodor Smolov, Artem Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Chalov
Goalkeepers – Essam El-Hadary, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad
Defenders – Ahmed Fathy, Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Gaby, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Saad Samir, Karim Hafez, Amro Tarek, Mahmoud Hamdy.
Midfielders – Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah Said, Shikabala, Trezeguet, Ramadan Sobhi, Tarek Hamed, Kahraba, Amr Warda, Sam Morsy,
Forwards – Mo Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka, Ahmed Gomaa.
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