Russia and Uruguay confirmed their places in the round of 16 after 2 consecutive victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt in their respective opening two matches of the world cup 2018.
While hosts Russia are looking rock solid with two convincing victories, Uruguay haven’t looked convincing at all in their two 1-0 victories. Egypt disappointed the fans all across after they crashed out of the world cup with two successive losses against Uruguay and Russia. Saudi Arabia have been one of the worst teams in the tournament so far, conceding 6 goals without scoring one.
Group A Preview(s):
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt will be a match for just mere formality and will be for salvaging pride for both the Arab nations. Egypt have fared better than the two nations despite a 3-1 defeat against Russia in their second match which sealed their fate. Saudi Arabia will be starting as the underdogs after a slightly improved performance against Uruguay in their second match. They had earlier been thumped 0-5 by the hosts on the opening day of the World Cup. They did not look to threaten the goal in their opener, however, they came close more than once in their second match, in which they lost to a solitary Luis Suarez goal.
Egypt impressed in their opener when they held the Uruguayans up until the last minute of the game, without their talisman Mohamed Salah. But a very dismal performance against the Russians, despite the return and scoring of Mo Salah, knocked them out of the Cup. They will certainly start as favourites in their last match, and the onus will be on Mo Salah and co. to conclude their campaign on a high.
Hosts Russia reached the knockout stages for the first time in their history since the old Soviet Union was disbanded. They have been one of the most dominating sides in their 2 victories in front of a packed home support. The onus to win will be definitely on them to beat La Celeste and finish top of Group A. Uruguay have been one of the best defending sides in the World Cup, and the credit for the same goes to their centre back duo of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez. It will be interesting to see who wins in the duel between the ruthless Russian attack and the stubborn Uruguayan defense.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Injuries and Suspensions:
Egypt will be heading into their final match with all 23-squad members available to them.
Saudi Arabia, on the contrary, will be without defending duo of Ali Al-Bulayhi and Mansour Al-Harbi.
Uruguay vs Russia Injuries and Suspensions:
Uruguay will be without their star defender Jose Maria Jimenez while the hosts will be without the injured Alan Dzagoev and Yury Zhirkov.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Possible Line-Ups:
Yasser Al-Mosailem; Ali Al-Bulaihi, Osama Howsawi, Mohammed Al-Breik, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Housain Al-Mogahwi, Salem Al-Dawsari, Hattan Bahebri; Muhannad Asiri.
Essam El-Hadary; Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Abdel Shafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah Said; Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen.
Uruguay vs Russia Possible Line-Ups:
Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian De Arrascaeta; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.
Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinksy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Key Players:
For Saudi Arabia, Salem Al-Dawsari and Abdullah Otayf will be the key men.
Mohamed Salah, Mohamed El Neny and Mahmoud Trezeguet will lead the Egyptian lines.
Uruguay vs Russia Key Players:
For Uruguay Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin will be the important players.
Dennis Cherysev, Aleksandar Golovin and Artem Dzyuba will be the players to watch out for in the Russian camp.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Recent Form:
Saudi Arabia: L-L-L-L-L
Uruguay vs Russia Recent Form:
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Betting Odds:
Saudi Arabia: 7/2
Uruguay vs Russia Betting Odds:
Television Listing and Live Streaming:
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