Russia v Egypt Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 19th June

  • 18th June 2018
Russia v Egypt Betting Preview, Odds & Tips 19th June

Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Russia v Egypt and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday evening’s World Cup Group A clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Russia v Egypt Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 19/06/18
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
  • Channel: BBC 1

The host kicked-off the 2018 World Cup in style with their 5-0 romp of Saudi Arabia and sit top of Group A going into this crucial game against Egypt.

The Egyptians, without Mo Salah, suffered a last-minute 1-0 defeat at the hands of pre-tournament Group A favourites, Uruguay, a day later. That defeat means Egypt could really do with at least a point here given Russia still have Uruguay to play, whilst a defeat would end their hopes of qualifying to the Round of 16 stage.

Russia came into the competition dubbed; “the worst ever Russian side” but were extremely impressive, albeit against poor opposition. In Aleksandr Golovin, Russia look to have un-earthed a real talent and he was influential with 2 assists and a beautiful free-kick goal of his own in their opening game.

The positive for Egypt, who are outsiders for this game at 10/3, is that Mo Salah will play in this game, after being an unused substitute against Uruguay. Egypt looked capable of winning that game and had Salah been playing, they could well have done so and Russia will need to be extremely careful of the Liverpool man on Tuesday.

Russia are favourites for the win and given the quality they showed against Saudi Arabia, that is probably justified. At 11/10 they look good value, but it looks set to be a tight game and Russia will have the luxury of not needing to win this game, with a point not being a terrible result for them.

Egypt base their game around their defence and counter-attack, so it doesn’t look like a game which will boast too many goals. With Salah’s fitness still questionable and confidence amongst the Russian’s high, it would be difficult to oppose the home side. If Salah is fit and can reach even 70% of what he is capable of, this could be a difficult one to call.

Team News

Russia’s main striker, Alan Dzagoev, suffered a hamstrig injury in the opener and is not expected to play in this one.

Egyptian coach, Hector Cuper, looks set to finally un-leash Salah at this World Cup after sitting out the first game. Defensive midfielder, Tarek Hamed, was replaced after half-time in the opening game and is a doubt for this one.

Potential Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Smolov

Potential Egypt Starting XI: El-Shenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Shafy; Hamed; Salah, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen

Head-To-Head

  • This is the first ever meeting between these two sides.

Key Stats & Facts

  • There have been under 2.5 goals in 5 of Egypt’s last 6 World Cup games.
  • Egypt lost three of their five games in the build up to the World Cup.
  • Excluding the top 20, Russia are unbeaten in 2 of their last 33 games at home.

Betting Odds

  • Russia 11/10
  • Draw 12/5
  • Egypt 10/3

The Verdict

It will no doubt be a cagey game with Egypt playing on the counter-attack and Russia dominating the ball. Under 2.5 goals at 4/6 looks like a good way to go in the circumstances and with Egypt having Salah back in the side, Russia might be slightly reserved in attack. The half-time score of 0-0 appeals here at 5/4. Difficult game to call if Salah plays and given Russia already have three points in the bag, a draw here would suit the home side.

Recommended Bets

  • Under 2.5 goals at 4/6
  • 0-0 half-time score at 5/4