Today’s Predictions: Russia Vs Egypt
Russia 3 – 1 Egypt
The 17th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place between hosts Russia and Africa’s top nation Egypt.
- Date : 19th June 2018
- Time 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : St Petersburg Stadium
The first match of the second round of the group stage is between Russia and Egypt, with both teams looking for some vital points to gain a foothold in Group A. Pitted against Uruguay and Saudi Arabia as well, Russia will need to grab 3 points in this fixture if they want to at least secure second place in the group.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Russia did not have to partake in the qualification process as being the host nation earned them automatic qualification to this gala event.
Egypt were dominant during the CAF qualification rounds, topping a tough group containing Congo, Ghana and Uganda. Despite their dominance, they required a last gasp penalty from their talisman Mohamed Salah to confirm their qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s men haven’t been in the best of forms going into this tournament. They haven’t managed a single win in their last 6 matches, and have lost their last 3 matches in a row. A 3-3 draw with the mighty Spain in November is their only credible result during that period. Back to back heavy defeats against pre-tournament favourites France and Brazil respectively, have caused fans to be very worried about the home team’s chances at the World Cup. However, they opened the tournament with a huge win and would be looking to continue that.
Egypt haven’t been in the best of forms recently, with not a single win in their last 5 matches. More worryingly, they managed to score just 3 goals in those matches, and will most likely struggle to score without Mohamed Salah’s presence, as was the case in their first game against Uruguay.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never faced each other in a competitive match before.
Russia and Egypt in the World Cup So Far
Russia kicked off the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a brilliant 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, to gain a strong hold over Group A. Their goal difference already looks unassailable and they would be looking to continue their fantastic form with another big win against Egypt.
Egypt were without Mohamed Salah for their opening game against Uruguay. They gave a good account of themselves, and their defence largely troubled Uruguay’s erstwhile brilliant attack. However, their resilience was broken towards the final few minutes as they conceded from a set piece and lost the game 1-0. With Salah expected to be back for this game, Egypt will be hopeful of getting their first points on the board.
Russia would be without one of their marquee players as Alexander Kokorin’s persistent knee injuries have ruled him out of the tournament. Without Kokorin, the goalscoring burden will have to be shared by Fyodor Smolov and Artyom Dzyuba. Cherchesov has decided to gamble on many young players for this tournament, including 22 year old twins Anton and Alexei Miranchuk.
The major headline dominating the Egyptian news over the past month has been Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury that forced him to be substituted in the UEFA Champions League final last month. Sergio Ramos’ rough challenge left the whole African country biting their nails, hoping for him to be fit in time to play at least some part in this tournament.
Players To Watch Out For
Russia are relying on several youngsters to carry them forward in this tournament, however they still have their stalwarts around to inspire them. Veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is still their captain, while 34 year old former Chelsea wingback Yuri Zhirkov is another vital cog in their lineup. Alan Dzagoev is the nation’s biggest hope in this tournament while Smolov and Dzyuba would be looking to be amongst the goals.
Egypt’s main attacking threat comes, unsurprisingly from their forward Mohamed Salah, who had a record breaking season with Liverpool, scoring a mammoth 45 goals in all competitions and also winning the PFA Player Of The Year award. Captain Essam El-Hadard, 45, is set to be the oldest player in FIFA World Cup history, and excelled in goal during the qualification process.
Russia Vs Egypt Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Russia are slight favourites in their second clash of the Group stage against Egypt, who may still be without their main forward Mohammed Salah.
- With both teams known for leaking goals, we strongly advise online betting on the both teams to score market, and the above 2.5 goals market.
- Russia’s Fyodor Smolov to score first would be a sensible bet, especially if Mohammed Salah does not start for Egypt.
- Both these teams have not won as single competitive international match in over a year, and would be desperate to get going in this tournament.
Russia and Egypt are two evenly matched teams on paper, as well as according to the FIFA rankings. However, we believe that Russia have an upper hand, being the host country and much more suited to the surroundings and weather conditions. Hence, we expect a narrow win for the hosts.
Predicted Scoreline : Russia 2-1 Egypt