Egypt v Uruguay Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 15th June
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Egypt vs Uruguay and provides us with his best bets for Friday’s World Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts and more.
Egypt v Uruguay Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 15/06/18
- Time: 13:00pm
- Venue: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg.
- Channel: BBC
Group A’s second game gets underway on Friday lunchtime and pits together Egypt and Uruguay. Uruguay are well fancied to top this group and I’m party to that school of thought; they have a good blend of youthful exuberance in José Giménez, Rodrigo Bentancur and Matías Vecino along with the experience of Diego Godín, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. The spine of ‘La Celeste’ is what stands out with this aforementioned players, coach Oscar Tabárez has altered his formation in the last year or two to accommodate the younger players entering the first team and it has worked very well so far. In qualifying Uruguay deservedly finished second, only behind Brazil. Edison Cavani scored 10 goals in the run up to Russia and he could be a serious threat for Egypt here.
Despite being successful in the Africa Cup of Nations in the last decade, Egypt have not appeared in the World Cup for 28 years. Under the ex-Valencia boss Hector Cuper, the Pharaohs have been built on a sound defensive base and utilising the pace of Mo Salah on the break. Salah is clearly their go to guy but there are still question marks over his fitness after the shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, without him they lack goals. It wouldn’t surprise me if Cuper keeps his main man fresh for the big game against Russia on the 19th, and if that’s the case it will give a great boost to Uruguay. I’d expect the North Africans to set up for a point in this one with possibly in a 4-5-1, but Uruguay are a clinical side and when they get their opportunities they should take them, especially with that front two.
Salah has declared himself fit, but I think that’s just down to sheer willingness to play every game. Egypt have kept quiet as to whether they will risk him.
Uruguay have no injury worries currently.
Potential Egypt Starting XI: El-Haddary, Fathy, Hegazi, Gabr, Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Said, Trezeguet, Sobhi, Mohsen.
Potential Uruguay Starting XI: Muslera, Varela, Jimenez, Godín, Cáceres, Sanchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Nández, Suárez, Cavani.
Head to Head
- This will be the first meeting between the two in 12 years, in 2006 Uruguay won 2-0 in a friendly against Egypt.
Key Stats & Facts
- Egypt have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 games.
- Uruguay have covered the -1 handicap in 3 of their last 4 games.
- Egypt – 13/2
- Draw – 27/10
- Uruguay – 8/13
Egypt are very likely to set up deep and play on the counter attack, they try and keep the score down but ultimately the quality of Uruguay should prevail. Egypt will have their main focus on their next two games that are much more winnable, Uruguay will want to get qualification sewn up as soon as possible and they should do that.