Egypt vs Uruguay: The two favourites teams from Group A will do battle at the Ekaterinburg Arena. After a thumping victory over Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opener Russia have made a strong statement. Uruguay are almost certain to make it through because of the firepower they’ve got up front. Will Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez make a mockery of the other teams in the group or are we in for a surprise? Egypt vs Uruguay will open Group A’s Pandora’s box. But what has it got in store for the World Cup 2018, only time will tell.
SHOULD SALAH PLAY?
Mohammad Salah is treated like God in Egypt. Treated? He is God. Let’s bury that debate for now. The little magician has been in the form of his life for both club and country and a lot will rest on his dextrous feet. The big question though, should Hector Cuper risk Salah in the very first game, considering how limited his participation has been in the recent days. The manager did make it extremely clear that he will play the first game and that’ll be a huge confidence booster for the African nation. However, Can Egypt sit Salah this game out and play him in the next two games? Give him enough time to recover may be?The nation returns to the World Cup after 28 years and Salah wouldn’t want to miss any chance to lead his team to glory.
JOURNEY TO FIFA WORLD CUP 2018
Egypt crawled through to the finals of the World Cup in a nail-biter against Congo. It was that man again, Mohammad Salah who converted a stoppage-time penalty to see his team feature in the FIFA World Cup 2018 after 28 years. Egypt are ranked 30 in the World rankings and were drawn from pot 3.
Uruguay had a fine run in the CONMEBOL. They finished 2nd in the group, drawing 31 points in 18 games. Edinson Cavani topped the goal scorers list. He scored 10. Uruguay are ranked 17 in the world and are favourites to qualify for the round of 16 from Group A.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI’S FOR
GoalKeeper: Essam Al Hadary
Defenders: Ahmed Fathy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Mohammad Shafy
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, Mohammad Elneny, Mohammad Salah, Abdallah El Said, Trezeguet
Strikers: Marwan Mohsen
Goalkeeper: Fernando Musler
Defenders: Martin Caceres, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Guillermo Varela
Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentacur, Giorgian de Arrascaeta
Strikers: Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
If Mohammad Salah is declared fit he’s an automatic pick but let’s pick someone who’s certain to feature in tomorrow’s fixture. Also, with Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez at the back, the Uruguayan defence becomes unbreachable. Trezeguet, however, has been a player who’s shown a lot of potential. The Egyptian midfielder had a brilliant season at Kasimpasa scoring 13 goals and creating 6 in 31 games. Hector Cuper needs the likes of Elneny and El-Said to feed sumptuous deliveries moving forward.
On FanFight Trezeguet is valued at 8.6 credits and will be a player to watch out for.
Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez?
Both Cavani and Suarez are genuine game changers for Uruguay but who would you pick in your fantasy football team? If I were to pick, I’d pick Luis Suarez for his poaching instincts and also because he can score from literally anywhere on the pitch. Tap-ins, free kicks, long rangers, penalties; Suarez can score them all and that’s one reason he gets a nod in the FanFight fantasy team.
Suarez in 17/18 – Total matches: 54, Goals: 34, Assists: 15, FanFight value: 10
Cavani in 17/18 – Total matches: 53, Goals: 40, Assists: 7, FanFight value: 9.1
As a matter of fact, either of the strikers is a decent pick. Both colossal goal scorers and both add bite to the Uruguayan attack. No pun intended.
The only encounter between these two teams was way back in 2006 in Alexandria. Uruguay won that game 2-0. Also, Uruguay have never lost against an African team. They’ve won 1 and drawn 2.
At 45 years and 151 days, Egypt’s shot-stopper Essam Al-Hadary will become the oldest player to start a World Cup game.
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