Free World Cup Pick Egypt vs Saudi Arabia
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Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia
Date: Monday, June 25th
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Volgograd Stadium in Volgograd, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: EGY -115, KSA +225
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World Cup Betting Total: 2.5
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The final match in Group A for Egypt and Saudi Arabia, teams that are eliminated at the group stage of this tournament, is set for Monday in steamy Volgograd.
To be fair, both nations’ players must surely be used to oppressive heat.
Whatever fans are in attendance plus neutrals are hoping for some heating up on the field of play, as we’ll see the psychological strength of these two teams when there isn’t much left to play for. With Egypt’s Mohamed Salah being among the elite players in the world right now, there is definitely a chance of solo brilliance being on display.
Canadian ice hockey coaches describe a player with a physical presence as someone who ‘keeps the flies off’; we may need a more literal translation of that phrase in Volgograd, where gnats and mosquitoes have been terrorizing players on the pitch and arena officials have apparently sprayed vanilla in an effort to keep the bugs away.
The Egyptians have to feel a little hard done by in this tournament. Mo Salah picking up an injury in the Champions League final was crushing for the nation’s chances.
He played last game against Russia and even scored, but you can tell the Liverpool talisman isn’t at one hundred percent. Yet, 23-year old winger Trezeguet has looked threatening in the two games, with his pace providing a constant risk for Egypt’s opposition.
Egypt has a couple of other strong Premier League representatives in forward Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City – who has since been relegated to the Championship) and defender Ahmed Hegazi. Hegazi provides some muscle at the back of the park, but he’s sometimes prone to clumsy challenges.
Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny is another rock for this squad, but he, like Salah, is also coming back from an ailment.
Egypt’s squad in perfect health versus Egypt’s squad as currently comprised are two different entities.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has surrendered six goals over the two games, and scored none. That tells you all you need to know about the gulf in class.
The entire program has a transient feel to it. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi is the third manager in three months.
Before the tournament, the Saudis had a healthy defeat to Iraq and now, with all due respect to the South Asian nation’s soccer program, the Saudis are swimming with the big fish in Russia.
To finally get on the scoresheet, the KSA must get some dynamite from 31-year old striker Mohammad Al Sahlawi.
The veteran who plays his club football at domestic club Al Nassr has also trained at Manchester United, and has scored 28 goals in just 37 caps for his country. Effective link-up play from midfielder Tiasir AL Jassim could be crucial to getting Al Sahlawi in threatening positions in the final third.
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Salah has shown in his otherworldly season at Liverpool that he’s the type of man to rise to adversity.
Even if the result of a win is academic, Salah’s superior class alone should propel Egypt to victory against a middling side like the Saudis. Egypt’s side, while not a world-beater, has more upper-crust talent than Saudi Arabia.
Considering both of these nations are already ordering what they want to eat on the airplane home, the talent level on paper should be indicative of the game’s result.
The Saudi Arabians did a great job in qualifying for the tournament, but in a field of 32 teams, there has to be some cannon fodder.
Group A is considered among the weakest at the World Cup for good reason. Russia has played above their heads, but Egypt did as well as can be expected with a hobbled superstar, and the Arabians have been firmly in the also-ran category. That will continue to be exposed Monday afternoon.
4* Free World Cup Betting Pick: Egypt to win
Maybe it’s a case of closing the barn door after all the animals have escaped, but I see Egypt at least finishing their time at the 2018 World Cup on a positive note.
World Cup Free Score Prediction: Egypt 2-1
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