Egypt vs. Uruguay – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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15th June 2018 – 13.00 GMT
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Egypt kick off their first World Cup finals campaign for 28 years when they take on Uruguay at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg on Friday afternoon.
The Pharaohs last reached the tournament way back in 1990 and have high hopes of making a dent on this summer’s competition, with the form of star man Mohamed Salah this season giving Hector Cuper’s side even more reason for optimism.
But Uruguay head to Russia with great optimism, too – perhaps more than ever going into a major tournament in recent times. This is the first time La Celeste have qualified automatically for the competition – without the need for a playoff – this century. Throw in the relatively kind group they’ve been handed along with the balance of experience and youth in the ranks and this team could be present deep into the tournament.
Oscar Tabarez’s squad will draw inspiration from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where they made it all the way to the semi-finals – their best performance at the finals since 1970. Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin are among the names still present in this squad and that familiarity, combined with young stars like Rodrigo Betancur, could prove invaluable.
Egypt are less experienced on the international scene but did make the Africa Cup of Nations final last year and Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed Hegazi and Salah will all be familiar to Premier League supporters.
Uruguay are the favourites to progress from what is a very open Group A, but coaches rarely let the reigns off their players in the first match of a tournament, with a defeat leaving no room for error in the rest of the group games. As such, we may see both teams err on the side of caution.
However, both teams to score is at a surprisingly high 6/4 with William Hill. With the attacking talent present across both sides – Suarez, Salah and Cavani to name but three – it’s worth gambling on a few goals going in.
It’s also worth noting that Egypt failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their final four qualifying fixtures and Uruguay come into the tournament in solid form. A 2-1 win for Tabarez’s men at 8/1 with William Hill looks decent value.
- The only previous meeting between Egypt and Uruguay came in 2006, with Diego Godin netting in a 2-0 win for the latter
- Edinson Cavani scored ten times during CONMEBOL qualifying for the competition, three more than nearest rival Lionel Messi –
- To score first against Egypt – 13/5
- Egypt have scored just one goal at post-World War Two World Cup finals, drawing 1-1 with the Netherlands in 1990
- Uruguay’s defeat to Colombia in 2014 was the first time in ten World Cup matches that they had failed to score
- Luis Suarez needs just four goals to become Uruguay’s all-time leading World Cup scorer
- Luis Suarez to be tournament’s top goalscorer – 25/1
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, José Giménez, Diego Godín (captain), Guillermo Varela, Carlos Sánchez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodríguez, Nahitan Nández, Luis Suárez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristhian Stuani, Martín Campaña, Gastón Silva, Lucas Torreira, Matías Vecino, Maxi Pereira, Diego Laxalt, Maxi Gómez, Sebastián Coates, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Edinson Cavani, Martín Cáceres, Martín Silva.
Egypt: Essam El-Hadary (captain), Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Gaber, Sam Morsy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Fathy, Tarek Hamed, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah, Kahraba, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Hamdy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Elneny, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Saad Samir, Trézéguet, Amr Warda, Mohamed El-Shenawy.