2018 World Cup Betting Preview: Group A
We are going to get the ball rolling by looking at Group A, which is as follows:
It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. Your love and support will give me the strength I need. pic.twitter.com/HTfKF4S70e— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) 27 de mayo de 2018
- Saudi Arabia
RussiaIf I am being honest, this is about as poor a host nation as I can remember. They were given a bit of a World Cup preview last summer when they got to host the Confederations Cup, where they were played off the park. They have been given a rather favorable draw here, but you still have to question whether they actually have what it takes to get the points they’ll need to move on. I have a feeling that this could be a rather short stint for the Russians here. They will open up the tournament on June 14 against Saudi Arabia, a game that they really should and need to win.
Saudi ArabiaThe Saudi’s were somewhat fortunate to land a spot in this tournament, finishing second to Japan in the qualifying group. They beat Japan, who had already qualified, in the final game of qualifying, beating out the Aussies on goal difference. It has not exactly been the best preparation for a tournament for this group, as they just hired a new coach back in November, giving him very little time to put together any sort of cohesive tactical plan. The expectation is that Saudi Arabia will simply pack the defense and hope to keep things respectable. This may not be a fun group to watch.
EgyptIf you asked me a week ago about Egypt’s chances of getting out of this group and moving on to the next round, I would have said that they were quite good. Now, though, I am not so sure. It is all going to depend on the fitness of Mohammed Salah, who ended up getting injured in the Champions League Final while playing for Liverpool. Salah believes that he will be ready to go, but even if he plays, you wonder just how he will be. If Salah comes into the World Cup fully fit, I think the Egyptians have a shot at moving on.
UruguayBarring some sort of major disaster, Uruguay should be the easy winners of Group A. The reality is that the draw has been very kind to the South Americans, and with a front two of Suarez and Cavani, we could be looking at an offensive powerhouse in the group stages. Their toughest game comes in the opener when they face Egypt, but again, if Salah is not there, things may be a little easier for Uruguay. This is a team with a shot at making a run to the quarter-finals, and perhaps beyond if they can shore things up on the defensive side of the football.
- 14 June
- 15 June
- 19 June
- 20 June
- 25 June
2018 World Cup Betting Prediction for Group A
- Egypt (if Salah is fit)
- Saudi Arabia