The second game of the 21st World Cup between Egypt and Uruguay will take place at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg on June 15th. The Uruguayans are considered as strong favorites to begin the competition with a win, but the Pharaohs are hoping to get a positive result here in order to reach the Round of 16.
Egypt vs. Uruguay
Three-Way: 1: Egypt +600; X: +275 Draw; 2: Uruguay -189 by BetDSI Sportsbook.
Spread +1: Egypt -114; Uruguay +104
Total 2.5 goals: Over +140; Under -189
The Pharaohs qualified to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and they never get to the Round of 16 in the previous two appearances, but it seems that they have s solid chance to do it now, thanks to the draw that put them in a relatively easy group. The Egyptians have a couple of individuals who can take this team to the knockout phase, and only one of them is a player – Mohamed Salah.
Salah drove his nation through the qualification round and his brace in the deciding match with Congo booked the ticket to Russia, so it’s no wonder why he’s deemed as the hero of the country. The Liverpool forward suffered a nasty shoulder injury in the Champions League finals after a duel with dirty Sergio Ramos who seemed to hurt Salah intentionally, but the former Roma man will likely be back in time to face Uruguay.
Another man who will play a vital role for Egypt in Russia is their head coach Hector Cuper who is at the helm since 2015, but after failing to win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, losing to Cameroon in the finals, the former Valencia manager will try to lead the Egyptians to the Round of 16.
It looks like Egypt does have a solid team, consisting of the players who are earning their bread abroad and Mohamed Elneny, Ramadan Sobhi, Ahmed Hegazi, and Ahmed El Mohamady are just some of them, so the Pharaohs have the quality to be considered as one of the teams capable of advancing from the Group A.
The Sky Blue made it to the World Cup for the 13th time, but after winning two out of the first four competitions, they never managed to get a medal, winning the fourth place on two occasions in the process. Uruguay finished in the 4th place in South Africa 2010 but was stopped in the Round of 16 four years ago in Brazil, and they are hoping to at least make a step forward this time around.
The 14-time Copa America champions have an excellent attack with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani as the leaders, while the defense is looking good as well thanks to a pair from Atletico0 Madrid – Diego Godin and José María Giménez who are accustomed to playing alongside each other, and it will be extremely hard to penetrate through that defense.
It appears that the midfield is the weakest part of the squad, but when you have such lethal strikers as Suarez and Cavani, who combined for 92 goals for Uruguay, you don’t have to worry about the middle of the park. The Uruguayans are the biggest favorites to finish the group stage in the first place in the Group A, and it would be quite surprising not seeing them in the knockout phase.
These sides only met once before and it was the friendly international when Uruguay beat Egypt 2-0 in 2006, but a lot of things changed since, and the Pharaohs are certainly stronger now. I have no doubts that the Sky Blues will dominate this clash, but Egypt could be deadly on the counters, and even though the books don’t expect to see plenty of goals here, I believe they can combine for at least three. With such superstars like Suarez, Cavani, and Salah, this tilt could turn out to be a high-scoring affair.
The Pick: Over 2.5 goals (+140)