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Saudi Arabia vs Egypt 2018 World Cup Lines & Prediction
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When: Monday, June 25 at 8:00 AM ET
Stadium: Volgograd Arena
2018 World Cup Odds: Egypt -118 / Saudi Arabia +347 / Draw +255 (Total at 2.5 goals)
Team Profiles (Egypt/Saudi Arabia)
- Confederation: CAF / AFC
- Head coach: Héctor Cúper / Juan Antonio Pizzi
- Captain: Essam El Hadary / Osama Hawsawi
- FIFA Ranking: 45 / 67
- World Cup Appearances: 3 / 5
Why Bet on Saudi Arabia?Saudi Arabia got beaten to a pulp in its embarrassing 5-0 opening match loss against Russia on June 14 and although they played better the next time out, they still were on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Wednesday.
Saudi actually had a chance to tie the score, but Hatan Bahbri missed what looked like a gimme over the bar.
“The difference between our first match and this match is absolutely enormous,” declared manager Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Now, Saudi Arabia has gone 366 minutes without a goal in World Cup matches, as well as losing 11 straight games at this level.
- 1-A. Al Maiouf
- 3-O. Hawsawi
- 13-Y. Al Shahrani
- 5-O. Hawsawi
- 6-M. Al Burayk
- 17-T. Al Jassim
- 8-Y. Al Shehri
- 7-S. Al Faraj
- 18-S. Al Dawsari
- 14-A. Otayf
- 10-M. Al Sahlawi
Why Bet on Egypt?Egypt had high hopes entering the 2018 World Cup because of superstar Mohamed Salah but an injury to their team leader has dampened their spirits and clearly affected their play. Egypt lost their opener to Uruguay 1-0 on June 15 and then suffered a humbling 3-1 loss to red-hot Russia on Tuesday.
Salah looked willing enough when coming back from a shoulder injury but the Liverpool star snatched at a few half-chances before slotting home a penalty in fine style.
Head coach Hector Cuper said: “Perhaps we weren’t decisive enough, perhaps we lacked that little extra thing to get there.
“But I must recognize the great effort that they have done after 28 years where Egypt had not taken part in a World Cup.”
- 23-Mohamed El Shenawy
- 7-Ahmed Fathy
- 13-Mohamed Abdul Shafy
- 6-Ahmed Hegazi
- 2-Ali Gabr
- 19-Abdalla El Said
- 8-Tarek Hamed
- 17-Mohamed Elneny
- 10-Mohamed Salah
- 22-Amr Warda
- 9-Marwan Mohsen
Expert Final Analysis & Score Prediction
Even though Mohamed Salah is definitely not 100 percent, Egypt is still the pick to get past a Saudi team that has been absolutely embarrassing for the most part, since this tournament started. The Pharaohs’ supporting cast around Salah, including Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El Neny and West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi, will lead them to victory in the final world cup match for both, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have met each other on three occasions. Saudi Arabia won the first meeting in the 1999 Confederations Cup but they have lost the subsequent two meetings.
Pick: Egypt 2 – Saudi Arabia 0