Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
25th June 2018 – 15:00 GMT
Group A – Volgograd Stadium, TV: ITV4
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Predictions
Saudi Arabia were much better against Uruguay but they lacked composure in the final third. They’ve lost nine of their last eleven World Cup matches and that statistic doesn’t look like improving here. Egypt were largely the better side in their first match and fell apart after conceding a bizarre own goal in their second game. They are likely to start Mo Salah in this game and he is likely to prove the difference between the two sides. The North African side have made a decent impression in Russia and they should bow out with three points. They can be backed at 13/18 with Bet365.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Preview
This Group A match is essentially a dead rubber with both sides hoping to salvage some pride. They will both be keen to get some points on the board and avoid finishing bottom of this particular section. Saudi Arabia were beaten easily by Russia but offered a spirited display against Uruguay. A single goalkeeping error hindered their chances of picking up a precious point and their chances of progressing went up in smoke. Juan Antonio Pizzi made numerous changes to his side and it made them tougher to break down. If they can perform to a similar standard today, Egypt will find it tough to find the breakthrough.
Egypt were incredibly unlucky in their opening Group A game, losing 1-0 to Uruguay. They conceded a 90th-minute goal and deserved to take something from that match. Mo Salah returned to the team on May 19th but the Liverpool winger was unable to inspire his side. The Premier League’s top goalscorer did net a second-half penalty but the Pharaohs were already 3-0 down by this point. They will start as the favourites and will be expected to finish with a flourish.
This is unlikely to be a high-scoring game. Egypt have netted just one goal during the tournament and that came from the penalty spot whilst Saudi Arabia’s finishing left a lot to be desired against Uruguay. There isn’t much at stake and it may be played at a leisurely pace. Saudi Arabia looked much better at the back in their second Group A match and they may be able to restrict Egypt from creating meaningful chances. Under 2.5 Goals can be backed at 10/11 with Betfair and looks the best option in this game.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Correct Score Prediction
One moment of magic may seal this game and it is likely to come from Mo Salah. He appears to have recovered from his shoulder injury and the Egyptian fans will be roaring him on throughout the 90 minutes. The Pharaohs may need a set-piece to break their opponents’ resistance and a 1-0 scoreline is likely. It is priced at 28/5 with Royal Panda and looks a sensible bet. 0-0 is also a realistic possibility and that is available at 19/2.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Odds
Group A Standings
These two sides cannot qualify for the knock-out round but they will both be looking to avoid picking up the wooden spoon in Group A. Egypt have a superior goal difference and come into this tie above their opponents. Russia and Uruguay are already through to 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 Evens with Betfred
- Saudi Arabia’s last World Cup goal came against North African opposition
- Their 5-0 defeat to Russia was their second biggest World Cup defeat
- They failed to have a shot on target in their opening Group A match
- Egypt are still waiting for their first ever victory at the tournament
- Mo Salah is just one of three players to have netted for the Pharaohs at the World Cup
Head to Head
These sides have met on three previous occasions. Their last two matches have been international friendlies with Egypt winning both of them. However, Saudi Arabia were victorious during their only competitive meeting. They were paired together in the 1999 Confederations Cup with the Asian side running out 5-1 winners. This will be their first meeting since 2007.
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 – There’s only really one possible choice for Egypt. The Liverpool winger enjoyed a remarkable debut season in the Premier League and will be looking to repeat the trick on the world stage. Questions remain over the extent of his injury, which he sustained in the Champions League final, although even a half-fit Mo Salah could still change the game in Egypt’s favour.
Fahad Al-Muwllad – With Nawaf Al Abed left out of the squad, It’ll be down to Al-Muwallad to impress for Saudi Arabia. He’s scored ten goals for his country and netted the all-important goal which helped book their place at the 2018 World Cup.
15:00 – Volgograd Stadium