Russia vs. Egypt: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
The game is over
Final score is 3 – 1
The second set of fixtures in Group A includes Russia’s game against Egypt. The match could be vital in both nations’ quest to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup, as these two may well be battling for second spot behind group favourites Uruguay. As host nation, the Russians will be eager to avoid the disappointment of an early exit.
These teams have never faced each other head-to-head.
This game is set to be finely balanced with Russia optimistic while Egypt need a result after the opening day defeat. However, a draw is likely to suit the host nation more and it is 2/1 to happen after 90 minutes.
This is the second match of Group A between host nation Russia and Egypt, which could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies from the group. Russia got their campaign off to the ideal start by defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0 while a defensively-minded Egypt fell to a late 1-0 defeat against Uruguay.
Hector Cuper’s Egypt are viewed as a conservative side who prioritise a stable defence, and despite Russia firing five goals past a disorganized Saudi Arabia, they may struggle to break teams down. A 1-1 draw is available at 11/2.
This is due to be a game of few goals and could follow a similar theme of Egypt’s narrow defeat to Uruguay. However, hosts Russia do no possess the same attacking talent as the South Americans so fewer than 2.5 goals in this game at 8/15 holds value.
Both teams to score
This will be a game of few goals and likely to be dominated by cagey play. However, Egypt need at least a draw while the expectation of the home nation means Russia will be keen to score at least one. Both team to score is available at 11/10.
- These two sides have never previously played each other in a competitive fixture
- Mohamed scored 33 times in 57 international caps and is expected to be back for this game
- Top Scorer Odds – 10/11
- Russia (70th) are the lowest ranked nation by FIFA going into this tournament
- The host nation’s victory over Saudi Arabia was their first victory in eight attempts
- Egypt are competing in their first World Cup in 28 years but are in the lowest ranked group in the tournament
- Egypt to qualify for second round – 1/4
World Cup Qualifiers
As hosts of the 2018 World Cup finals, Russia qualified for the competition automatically. Over the past two years, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men have played plenty of friendly matches, where results have been mixed. They were also knocked out in the group stages of the Confederations Cup last summer.
Top Goalscorers in Friendlies
Fedor Smolov – 6 goals
– 100/1 World Cup Top Goalscorer – William Hill
Aleksey Miranchuk – 3 goals
Egypt qualified for their first World Cup since 1990 with a game to spare as star man Mohamed Salah slotted an injury time penalty kick past the Republic of Congo in Cairo. Salah’s goals will be key in the finals too if the Pharaohs are to impress in Russia.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Mohamed Salah – 5 goals
– 50/1 World Cup Top Goalscorer – Betway
Abdallah Said – 2 goals
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