Place: Russia. Ekaterinburg Arena. Yekaterinburg.
Date: on the 15th of June, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 13:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group stage, 1st round
“Pharaohs” have shown impressive progress at the international level and now all other national teams need to pay attention on this national team. In order to understand why, we can only give the names of the football players of this national team: Salah, Sobhi, Elneny, Elmohamady, Hegazi and others. Legendary Héctor Cúper is the head coach of the team and under his supervision Egyptians have easily won the qualification group in the African cycle.
In test matches Egypt didn’t look so brightly. But it should be noted, that the rivals of Egypt were Portugal (1:2) and Greece (0:1). In Africa Egypt has won everything that is possible and for seven times was the owner of the Africa Cup of Nations (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010). But Egypt participated only twice at World championships: in 1934 the team has left 1/8 finals and in 1990 hasn’t managed to pass a group stage of the tournament. Now all wait that Egypt will demonstrate good results, bearing in mind the squad potential of this team.
The South American national team will suffer soon the change of generations and the current World Cup for such football players as Cavani, Suarez, Rodriguez, Maxi Pereira, Godin and Cáceres is the last chance to gain some achievements at the international level. Uruguay looks like very experienced team but also there are enough young talents in its lineup: Jiménez, Laxalt, Gastón Silva and Nandez. Oscar Tabarez who has taken this national team in 2006 is still the head coach of it.
In frames of the South American qualification cycle Uruguay has finished on the second place, behind the brilliant Brazilian national team. In March, 2018 Uruguay has participated in a friendly tournament in China where Tabarez’s team has easily coped with the Czech Republic (2:0) and Wales (1:0). We won’t forget that Uruguay is two-time World champions (1930 and 1950), and in 2010 the team has reached the tournament semifinal.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Egypt vs Uruguay
Bookmakers estimate the chances of Egypt for a victory 5.40, draw – 3.60 and a victory of Uruguay – 1.82. Such odds are quite reasonable if to take in consideration the way these two teams have performed in the World championships but don’t believe for 100% into Egyptian “Salah’s factor”.
Bookmakers in this match don’t expect a large number of scored goals – total over 2.5 – 2.43, and total under 2.5 – 1.67. Also the chances that both teams will score are interesting: both to score (yes) – 2.20, both to score (no) – 1.72.
We are waiting for an interesting battle of two continents and two national teams which like to play on counterattacks, having for this purpose the suitable tactical gaming style and squad potential. Uruguay needs to stop Salah. And this is the main task for Uruguay. If South Americans cope with Salah, they will win.
Our tips: Uruguay to win – odds 1.59 5Dimes
We agree with the bookmakers that the number of scored goals won’t be high. This is a match of the first round at a group stage and each team will be very careful at the football field.