The beauty of the World Cup is that even some of the more mundane fixtures throw up some interesting battles and challenges for punters, and that’s exactly what we have to decipher in our Egypt vs Uruguay betting tips.
Uruguay, many pundits’ dark horses to go all the way in Russia, should get the better of an Egypt side buoyed by the return of the incomparable Mo Salah but ravaged by the energy-sapping obligations of Ramadan.
So will the South Americans get off to the start many expect them to, or can Salah and co spring an early upset?
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Egypt vs Uruguay Betting Tips
Score more goals than your opponent: that’s the basic tenet of football, and one which Uruguay thrive in.
Why? Because in Diego Godin they possess one of the best central defenders on the planet, and the comfort of being partnered by his Atletico Madrid teammate, Jose Maria Gonzalez, ensures there is a synergy and workability already existing between the pair.
And then in attack they possess the unquestionable talents of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who have blasted nearly 100 international goals between them and who were responsible for a cool 15 goals in just 18 qualification matches.
It is well documented but bares repeating: qualifying through that CONMEBOL section is a tough old task, and typically at least one excellent side misses out on the tournament proper. But Uruguay sailed through, with the draw in Brazil and taking four points from Colombia being the obvious highlight.
We haven’t really mentioned Egypt yet, and that’s because beyond Mo Salah there isn’t a huge amount to say! They just about scraped through a pretty easy group to qualify – a run which included a defeat to those footballing luminaries of Uganda, keeping just two clean sheets and requiring Salah to notch five of their eight goals.
The Liverpool man can win matches on his own, such is his brilliance, but he will struggle to single-handedly take down a Uruguay side who look primed for a lengthy run in Russia.
And then there’s the question of Ramadan, which has been proven to sap the strength of athletes of all types. Those observing the Islamic month have to fast from dawn until dusk, which will clearly affect speed, strength, endurance and, in some cases, mental fortitude. Sleeping patterns go awry too, and Hector Cuper is worried about his players, as he told the BBC.
“Fasting is the most important issue now, I am afraid that it could badly affect the players at the World Cup.”
A leg-heavy Egypt will do well to keep Suarez, Cavani and co at bay, and there are two Egypt vs Uruguay betting tips for punters to savour: 4/7 (1.57) on a straight Uruguay win, or a more risky ‘Uruguay to Win to Nil’ at 6/5 (2.20), both with William Hill.
Egypt vs Uruguay Betting Tips: Side Markets
If Salah doesn’t score, neither do Egypt. That’s a fair cop given he bagged 5/8 in qualifying, and against a stronger class of opponent here – Godin et al – the point is enhanced yet further. So, backing Both Teams to Score – No at 12/25 (1.48) with bwin makes sense.
Uruguay possess the undoubted talents of Suarez, but Cavani flys under the radar somewhat; a surprise, given that he scored 10 in 18 during qualifying and has eight in his last nine games for club and country. Back him to find the net anytime at evens (2.00) with bwin.