Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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25th June 2018 – 10:00 ET
Cosmos Arena, Samara
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Predictions
Neither of these two sides will look back on the 2018 World Cup with much fondness but they will each have the opportunity to end with a victory. Egypt came close to picking up a point against Uruguay and they were more than a match for Russia during the first half. They have a number of talented players who should be able to make a difference in this game. Saudi Arabia worked hard against Uruguay but their quality in the final third is lacking and they are likely to come up short again. 888Sport have priced Egypt up as favourites for this clash and they can be backed at 1.80.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Preview
Saudi Arabia were much improved against Uruguay and held firm for the majority of the 90 minutes. Juan Antonio Pizzi made plenty of changes and he can be pleased with his side’s endeavour. They wasted a number of opportunities and are likely to regret their wayward finishing. They will be hoping to pick up three points and secure their first victory at the tournament since 1994. They enjoyed plenty of possession in their last game but they need to utilise it and turn it into goalscoring opportunities.
Egypt have never won a World Cup game and will be hoping to end that barren run here. They were the better side against Uruguay but conceded a 90th-minute goal from a corner. Mo Salah is likely to start this game and the Liverpool winger will be hoping to end on a high. He netted from the penalty spot against Russia and is handy from set-pieces. He could prove the difference in this game. They are expected to win this contest and Salah could go level with Abdulrahman Fawzi, Egypt’s all-time leading goalscorer at the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Odds
The 2018 World Cup hasn’t thrown up many high-scoring games and this is unlikely to buck that trend. Egypt look the likeliest side to score in this tie but they haven’t been prolific and, even during qualifying, they struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. Saudi Arabia lack composure in the final third and they wasted numerous opportunities against Uruguay. The Asian side looked better defensively in their last match and that solid base will help them here. Under 2.5 Goals looks a decent bet at 1.92 with 888Sport whilst bettors who don’t mind a shorter price can take 1.33 on Under 3.5 Goals.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Correct Score Prediction
Egypt have slightly more quality in the final third and just one goal could decide this tie. Mo Salah is likely to be heavily involved and the Liverpool winger may only require one opportunity. Saudi Arabia haven’t scored in any of their last four World Cup games and are lacking a genuine goalscorer. A 1-0 win for Egypt looks like a decent wager and that’s available at 6.93 with Sports Interaction. 0-0 will also be popular and can be backed at 10.53 with Intertops.
Group A Standings
These two sides cannot qualify for the next round of the competition but they will want to end on a positive note. Egypt have a better goal difference and will avoid finishing bottom if this game ends all-square. Uruguay and Russia have already sealed their place in the round of 16.
Saudi Arabia have failed to score in nine of their last eleven World Cup matches. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 2.00 with William Hill
Saudi Arabia’s last World Cup goal came against North African opposition when they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in 1994
Their 5-0 defeat to Russia was their second-biggest World Cup defeat
They were unable to register a shot on target in their opening Group A match with Russia
Egypt are still waiting for their first ever victory at the tournament and this looks like a good opportunity to pick up three points
Mo Salah is one of just three players to have netted for the Pharaohs at the World Cup
Head to Head
These sides have met on three previous occasions, although their last two matches have been international friendlies. Egypt have won both of their most-recent encounters, however, Saudi Arabia were victorious during their only competitive meeting. They faced one another in the 1999 Confederations Cup with Saudi Arabia winning 5-1. This will be their first meeting since 2007 and there could potentially be plenty to play for.
Egypt 2-1 Saudi Arabia – 24/11/2007
Saudi Arabia 0-1 Egypt – 13/03/2005
Egypt 1-5 Saudi Arabia – 28/07/1999
Mo Salah – This man needs no introduction. He comes off the back of a tremendous season with Liverpool and he also netted the all-important goal which secured Egypt their place at the tournament. He is an icon in his home country and there will be plenty of focus on the winger. One moment of magic from Mo could light up this tie.
Fahad Al-Muwllad – All-Muwallad is one to watch and is Saudi Arabia’s dangerman. He isn’t always deployed from the start but he is extremely dangerous off the bench. He netted the goal which sent his side to Russia and he will have to be monitored carefully by the Egyptian defence.
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