Day 12 will see the commencement of the final round of group matches, starting with this Group A clash between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena.
What’s their current form?
Saudi Arabia’s World Cup campaign got off to a horror start, as they lost to host nation Russia by 5-0. They then lost to Uruguay 1-0 in an immensely improved performance.
Egypt very nearly held Uruguay to a scoreless draw in the opening game, however Uruguay’s Gimenez scored in the 89th minute. They were then unable to beat Russia in Round 2, going down 3-1, with Egyptian star Mo Salah scoring a late goal.
Saudi Arabia: Mosailem; Breik, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Shahrani; Otayf, Jassim, Muwallad Shehri; Dawsari, Sahlawi.
Egypt: El Hadary; Abdel-Shafi, Gabr, Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Hamed, Elneny, Sobhi, Said, Warda; Salah.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Both these sides have lost their opening two games and are eliminated from the World Cup.
What should I be betting on?
Salah to score again in a win for Egypt.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have one last chance to put on a show before heading home. The Saudi’s have been a genuine disappointment and have now lost their last 5 matches. Egypt were given something to cheer about with a late Salah penalty against Russia and The Wolf says that The Pharaohs will be able to hold their heads high after this one. They have shown plenty of ambition in attack and there is no reason for either team to sit back in this one. Saudi Arabia have conceded 28 goals in their last three World Cup campaigns at a rate of more than 3 goals per game. It will be Egypt’s turn make it rain on the Saudi goal.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 5pm (local time) on June 25. In Australia, kick-off will be at midnight on June 26th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Egypt will be without Mohamed Elneny and Tarek Hamed.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? 6 games have been played between these two sides, with Egypt scoring 4 wins to Saudi Arabia’s 1, while 1 game has been drawn. They last met in 2007 where Egypt won 2-1.