Egypt v Uruguay – 15.06.2018 – Betting Tip
Egypt and Uruguay will complete the first round in the Group A on the second day of the World Cup as they are to lock horns at Ekateriburg Arena. All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah and his fitness as his involvement in the affair will be a game-time decision for the Argentine manager Hector Raul Cuper.
Uruguay are favourites regardless of whether Salah will feature the affair as they possess the highest amount of quality across the pitch out of all teams in the group. The Sky Blues are the main contenders to top the group and a win here might well open up the way for them to justify the tag entirely with fixtures against the likes of Saudi Arabia and Russia upcoming.
The Pharaophs have never managed to advance from the groups at World Cups, but most experts believe it’s now or never for them. The group itself is more than passable with a clear underdog (Saudi Arabia) and the hosts who would have hardly even qualified with such limited squad and who will come into the event winless in seven subsequent internationals.
Even if Cuper’s troops fall on the opening day, they still have plenty to hope for with Salah likely to be entirely fit for the second round tie against Russia. Apart from Liverpool’s superstar, the Pharaophs have a very interesting group of players who certainly have quality to cause troubles to their counterparts in Russia.
Striker Ahmed Hassan has had a remarkable campaign with Benfica, especially in Europa League as we can still remember his beautiful chip shot goal against Olympique Marseille. Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny will be fully recovered from the ankle injury which has leaven him sidelined since mid-April, while the African hopefuls also expect a lot from Mahmoud Hassan, popularly known as Trezeguet. The 22-year-old striker enjoyed a strong season with Anderlecht.
The current African Nations Cup runners-up cruised their way to top the respective qualifying group ahead of Uganda, Congo DR and Ghana. Salah obviously led the route netting at least a goal in four of six matches in the process.
The Sky Blues head into the competition as clear group favourites with two world-class strikers in their ranks in the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. They simply have to ply attractive attacking football with such firepower on display even though they do not lack the quality solutions elsewhere by any means.
We primarily mean on the center-back Diego Godin who will be highly motivated to make an impact in what is likely expected to be his last appearance at the World Cup. Aged 32, Godin has everything a proper center back should own. You just have to admire his enthusiasm which led Atletico Madrid to so many successes over the past years. He will come into the event as the Europa League champion after helping the Mattressers keep a clean sheet in the final against Olympique Marseille in Lyon this May.
Finally, Uruguay are led Oscar Tabarez, called “El Maestro” for reason. This will be the fourth World Cup in charge of the national team for the experienced manager who led the Sky Blues to the third-place finish eight years ago in South Africa.
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Head to Head and Stats
The two sides locked horns just once in the past. The occasion was a friendly international in 2006 held at Alexandria Stadium where Uruguay took a rater comfortable 0-2 victory.
Out Tips and Predictions
Hector Cuper has reasons to be worried ahead of the tie given that his men showed the total lack of creativity without Mohamed Salah in the attacking third in recent friendlies. The Pharaophs failed to find the back of the net in both of their World Cup warm-ups playing a goalless draw to Colombia before falling comfortably 3-0 to the star-studded Belgium.
We thus feel the Africans might struggle to create up front against Uruguay’s defensive line which kept back-to-back clean sheets at the China Cup in March. Oscar Tabarez’s men easily went past Czech Republic and Wales to lift the trophy at the competition and they will generally head into the tournament high on confidence after winning the second place in the complicated South American World Cup qualifiers.
The best of the betting tips would be Uruguay to keep a clean sheet at 4/5 (1.80). With such predators up front, it’s hard to believe the Sky Blues will fail to score at least once on the day, meaning the 4/7 (1.57) odds offered for their victory by betting sites in Nigeria are certainly worth a punt as well.