The second round of World Cup 2018 group matches kicks off on Tuesday evening with hosts Russia tackling Egypt in Group A. The Russians are in a strong position after dismantling Saudi Arabia first up, but the Egyptians can take plenty of heart from their 0-1 defeat to Uruguay. Here are our Russia vs Egypt betting tips.
Hector Cuper’s men were the better side throughout against Uruguay, and even without Mo Salah managed to cause their opponents plenty of problems. The Liverpool ace is expected to play some part on Tuesday, and that will give a huge lift to his teammates.
We didn’t really learn too much about Russia in their trouncing of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis were so bad that it wasn’t possible for the hosts to look bad, but in their defence they did produce a clinical performance.
However, the absence of Alan Dzagoev with injury is likely to hit them hard. So can the Egyptians get a positive result on Tuesday? Let’s find out with our Russia vs Egypt betting tips.
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Russia vs Egypt Betting Tips
It is easy to get carried away in football, and that appears to be the case with the bookmakers here.
Yes, Russia won convincingly against the Saudis, but their opponents were so poor we have to question how relevant that scoreline really is. Don’t forget, two of the Russian goals came in injury time when the Middle Eastern outfit had all but given up.
Anyone who watched Egypt against Uruguay would have had sympathy that their efforts went unrewarded, and the sight of Salah on the bench suggests he was being prepared specifically for this match and their Group A finale against Saudi Arabia.
Speaking after the Uruguay match, Egyptian coach Hector Cuper said: “Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team.”
“Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome would have been different, but we can’t know that.
“We wanted to avoid any risks in this match, but I think he will be fine for the next game.”
This game will offer a true measure of Russia’s abilities; lest we forget this was a side wholly written off before the tournament. If Egypt bring the same intensity to St Petersburg, they could make a mockery of their 3/1 price with the bookmakers.
And so we have to support them in the market, and can back the Egyptians to win or draw in the Double Chance market at 4/6 (1.66) with William Hill.
Russia vs Egypt Betting Tips: Side Markets
Russia scored with five of their seven shots on target against Saudi Arabia; a high strike-rate that they are unlikely to be able to sustain for the rest of the tournament.
Egypt restricted Uruguay – who have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front remember – to just four meaningful efforts on goal too, so this contest could be a fraught affair with minimal goalmouth action of note.
As such, we have to follow in with Under 2.5 Goals, which is available at 5/9 (roughly 1.50) with NetBet.