RUSSIA vs EGYPT: Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opener were taken to the cleaners by the home team. Nonchalantly brilliant were Russia in their first game. Scorchers, tap-ins, headers, the game had it all. Russia are part of Group A which also has Egypt and Uruguay, fighting it out for top honours. Russia vs Egypt will see Mohammad Salah return to the starting eleven and boy do Egypt need him. The Egyptian talisman wasn’t introduced in their first fixture against Uruguay & Egypt felt his absence enormously. A 1-0 loss in the 89th minute saw Egypt miss out narrowly on a solitary point. Hector Cuper didn’t want to risk Salah’s recovery and now that a victory is the need of the hour, Cuper has to throw in his trump card. Can Russia hold the African nation back? Golovin or Salah? Who’s your pick for today’s game changer?
If Russia win this they’re certain to qualify for the knockouts while Egypt have to draw 3 points off this fixture to stay alive in the competition. A draw here would again leave the competition wide open but it’ll all boil down to ifs and buts. With Uruguay firm favourites and with Russia playing the way they did against Saudi Arabia, Egypt assuredly have their work cut out. Salah has had a dream season so far. The Midas’ touch might just have a new name? Salah’s touch? Well, it all depends on how Egypt perform as a unit. Egypt’s chances of qualifying for the next round depend heavily on him. A hero’s tale or a sobbing end? We’re definitely in for a thriller.
Mohammad Salah has been declared 100% fit for this fixture. He’ll be leading the Egyptian attack.
For Russia, Alan Dzageov has been ruled out of the tournament. The midfielder pulled his hamstring in only the 23rd minute of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI FOR RUSSIA vs EGYPT
Goal Keeper: Igor Akinfeev
Defenders: Mario Fernandes, Sergie Ignashevich, Ilya Kutepov, Yuri Zhirkov.
Midfielders: Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev, Aleksandr Golovin, Aleksandr Samedov
Strikers: Fedor Smolov
GoalKeeper: Mohammad El-Shenawy
Defenders: Ahmed Fathy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Mohammad Shafy
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, Mohammad Elneny, Mohammad Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Trezeguet
Strikers: Marwan Mohsen
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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Aleksandr Golovin in the first World Cup game created two goals and scored an absolute peach in stoppage time. Russia were extremely dominant in the midfield, courtesy, Golovin. His ability to hold play and create goal scoring opportunities makes him a player to watch out for. Does he make the cut in your fantasy football team?
On FanFight, Golovin is priced at 8.2 credits. His stats from the first game – Goals: 1, Assists: 2, Key passes: 5, Pass success: 71%
Egypt have failed to score in their last 3 World Cup matches. A stat they’d like to get rid off right away. In Mohammad Salah, they have one of the most talented players in World Football at the moment. Salah scored 44 times for Liverpool in the 2017/18 season and also scored the penalty which helped Egypt secure a World Cup berth after a 28-year hiatus. Can he be their game changer?
On FanFight, Salah is the most expensive purchase but he’ll be the first player to make the 6-man list.
Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the second biggest ever by a host nation in their opening match at a World Cup tournament. Italy beat USA 7-1 in 1934, in the second edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Mohamed Elneny’s 44 completed passes against Uruguay are the most by an Egyptian player in a World Cup game since 1966.
No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one. Egypt have drawn 3 and lost 3.
Russia played fluent football in their first game and won that game comprehensively. They’ll be up against a more established unit in Egypt. Both teams have a fine blend of quality midfielders and strong defenders in their repertoire. Russia have the home advantage while Egypt have the Mo Salah effect. It’ll be tough to choose between the two sides but we predict an Egypt victory. Salah’s got the script written to a nicety and it’s only time he executes it to a remarkable exactness. Egypt to win this game, 2-1.
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