The clash between Egypt and Uruguay will be played at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg on June 15th. The Sky Blue has an opportunity to start with three points as they are the favorites on this one, while the Pharaohs will try to upset them on the wings of their best player – Mohamed Salah, but they can only do that if he is healthy to feature.
Egypt vs. Uruguay
Three-Way: 1: Egypt +600; X: +275 Draw; 2: Uruguay -164
Spread +1: Egypt -139; Uruguay +106
Total 2.5 goals: Over +150; Under -200
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The road to the World Cup
Mohamed Salah led his nation to the first World Cup since 1990 and Egypt’s third in total as Liverpool forward scored five goals in six qualification games including two in the deciding clash with Congo, scoring from the penalty spot in the 90th minute. The Egyptians are searching for the first victory at the WC as they have a pair of draws and losses thus far.
On the other hand, the two-time World Cup winners Uruguay qualified for their 13th competition, but they are hungry for success following the rather disappointing performance in Brazil four years ago when they finished in the Round of 16. This time around, the Sky Blue will not satisfy with anything but the quarter-finals, especially considering they have probably the easiest group at the tournament.
Since the World Cup qualifications ended, Egypt hasn’t won a single game during friendly preparations as they drew two and lost three, failing to find the net in three of those. However, the Pharaohs did face some strong sides such as Portugal, Colombia, and Belgium, and it must be said that what they showed in the latest tilt with the Red Devils, doesn’t have to represent Egypt’s abilities.
Uruguay also played five friendlies since November and won three and lost one, but all three wins came recently as they beat the Czech Republic, Wales, and Uzbekistan, keeping the clean sheet in the process, but unlike Egypt’s opponents, these are not as strong, to be honest.
Players to watch
Without a doubt, Mohamed Salah is a man to watch for the Egyptians, and although he is listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury, the player himself thinks he’s ready to help his teammates, but the question is whether Egypt is prepared to risk him early at the tournament. If he plays, Salah will surely represent the biggest threat to Uruguay, despite the rock-solid defense made of Diego Godin and José María Giménez.
It’s tough to decide between Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez on the other end, but I’ll go with the PSG man who bagged ten goals in 18 qualification games and once again finished the season as a top scorer in French Ligue 1. I don’t believe Egypt’s defense is capable of handling both him and Suarez, so it could be a long day for the Pharaohs in the defense.
- Four of Egypt’s last six games and four of Uruguay’s last seven produced under 2.5 goals in total
- Egypt didn’t score in three of their last four games
- Egypt is without a win in the last six
The Delaware Park Sportsbook has the odds going against over 2.5 goals, but I am still going to opt for goals here, simply because I believe Egypt’s defense cannot handle Uruguay’s attacking duo and I wouldn’t be surprised if Uruguay scores three on this one. Egypt also could score, and unlike the bookies, I think we will see goals here.
The Pick: Over 2.5 goals (+150)