Russia faces Egypt in a match from Group A of the competition
The host of the World Cup Russia faces Egypt in a match from Group A of the competition. This clash is going to be played at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in the city of St. Petersburg. Let’s examine it in our vip soccer bets for the World Cup 2018.
Russia started their participation in the World Cup in the best way possible, thrashing the underdog Saudi Arabia with 5-0 in Moscow. Sbornaya dominated over its opponent and won in a spectacular way, thanks to goals from Yury Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin.
This win opened the gates for Russia for an eventual qualification for the 1/8-finals. If Stanislav Cherchesov’s boys manage to win against Egypt as well, they will reach the knockout phase even before the third game against Uruguay.
There were some worries about Russia’s shape before the tournament, but their first game made some great impression. Of course, we shall not forget that Saudi Arabia are not a team of the highest possible calibre. The Russians can be happy of their performance, but they must remain as focused as possible.
Egypt on the other hand were unlucky in their first game against Uruguay in Ekaterinburg. First of all, the Pharaohs were unable to use their big star Mohamed Salah, who is still troubled by a shoulder injury. And second of all, they suffered a defeat against Uruguay, because of a goal just one minute before the end of the game. The central defender Jose Gimenez scored for the La Celeste and gave a heartbreak to all Egyptian fans.
Now Egypt need to come back in the fight for the 1/8-finals and this can happen if they win against Russia. If Mohamed Salah is ready to play, this would be a major boost for the manager Hector Cuper and his team. It’s clear that Salah was missed during the first game. He’s a major figure for the Pharaohs and his absence is having a huge influence on the way how the Egyptian team performs.
Despite of losing against Uruguay, nothing is lost for Egypt just yet. They still have a solid chance to go through, especially with having to play against Saudi Arabia in their final game. But they really need to beat Russia in order to guarantee themselves a chance for something more in the group.
The Russian team also have some problems with injured players. CSKA Moscow’s Alan Dzagoev recieved an injury during the opening game and most likely he’s going to miss the rest of the tournament. But in same time Dzagoev was replaced by Villarreal’s Denis Cheryshev, who scored two goals against Saudi Arabia. Who knows, maybe Dzagoev’s injury was actually a blessing in disguise?
It’d be interesting to see if the manager Stanislav Cherchesov makes some more changes in his line-up. After his goal against the Green Falcons, it’s not impossible to see Artem Dzyuba starting over Fyodor Smolov. For Denis Cheryshev it’s clear that he’s going to start after the two goals against Saudi Arabia.
For Egypt the big question is related to the condition of Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool star is training alongside his teammates, but despite of this he was not used against Uruguay. Clearly there’s still a problem with him. The question is – will he be ready to face Sbornaya? This is a question of a huge importance for the African team. If Mo Salah plays, Egypt’s chances to beat Russia become much bigger.
These are our vip soccer bets for the World Cup game between Russia and Egypt in St. Petersburg. Good luck!