Russia vs Egypt
Tuesday 19/06/2018 | 19:00 GMT | Saint Petersburg Stadium
First round of games is now complete and now we move on to the business end of group stages. Tournament football is very unforgiving to teams who start poorly, and Egypt are finding this out the hard way. Egypt conceded an 89th minute goal to a lacklustre Uruguay team to leave them fighting for their world cup survival in this game against the hosts Russia.
Egypt should have walked off with at least a draw if not the win against Uruguay who underperformed massively. Mo Salah played no part in the Uruguay game, presumably so that he is completely fit for this must win clash, and boy they will need him if they are to spring a surprise against the hosts.
Russia, buoyed by their home backing put on quite a show in the opening game of the tournament scoring 5 goals without a reply against hopeless Saudi Arabia, surely Egypt will be a tougher contest? Russia played well in their first game but the Saudi’s helped with shocking defending, supposedly their stronger attribute.
With already 3 points in the bag, Russia can afford a draw here, they can invite the Egyptians on to them and counter with their pacey wingbacks. Egypt are in the point of no return here, they need the win knowing Uruguay will surely get maximum points from their game against the Saudi’s. A draw for Egypt just isn’t good enough for them, if they were to finish level on points with Russia, surely the Russians would have the far greater goal difference thanks to their 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia.
If Egypt have anything about them, they will start Mo Salah from the start and try to take the game to Russia. While the Russian were brilliant against a very ordinary Saudi Arabia, they’re certainly no world beaters. This game then is all about risk and reward, will the Egyptians risk everything for the reward of qualification? remember Egypt will play Saudi Arabia in their last game. Knowing north Africans teams well, I suspect they will do neither and go home without a whimper.
Russia vs Egypt Betting Tips
|Russia vs Egypt||Both Teams to Score-YES||2.04|
|Russia vs Egypt||Match Goals Line Over 2.0||1.79|