World Cup Match 17: Russia v Egypt

The final clash on Day 6 will see hosts Russia taking on Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, in a match which will be the start of the second round of games.


What’s their current form?
Russia opened their World Cup campaign on Day 1 and were expected to have a close contest with Saudi Arabi, however the Russian side dominated from the outset, winning 5-0.

Egypt’s World Cup began with a tough first up clash against Uruguay in a game that went down to the wire as the Egypt defence kept the potent Uruguayan attack quiet until the 89th minute, when Gimenez scored the sole goal for the game.

Russia: Akinfeev; Kutepov, Kudryashov, Samedov, Zhirkov; Golovin, Kuyaev, Zobnin; Miranchuk, Smolov.
Egypt: El Hadary; Abdel-Shafi, Gabr, Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Hamed, Elneny, Sobhi, Said, Warda; Salah.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Russia’s win in the opening match of this World Cup ended a 7 game losing streak. Egypt are expected to name star forward Mohamed Salah, which will give their attack an almighty boost.

What should I be betting on?
Russia will have a tougher time here as Egypt’s defence were magnificent in shutting down the star studded Uruguay attack in Round 1. Egypt will be more likely to score with Salah lining up.

Wolf’s Prediction

Desperate time call for desperate measures and that will be the theme in this one. Russia made use of home ground advantage with a 5-0 win and it puts them in the box seat to qualify for the knockout stages. It means that Egypt must effectively win their remaining two matches. That means Salah will be injected into the starting line up and Egypt will press from the opening whistle. Goals have been hard to come by for The Pharaohs and they have scored in only 1 of their last 5 matches. They will also allow Russia to play on the counter and it is exactly how they torched the Saudi’s in the opening game. Hegazi and Elneny will be pivotal in shutting down the counter but history suggests that they will not be able to hold Russia out. They have conceded in the 90th minute in each of their last two games and their pursuit for all 3 points will ultimately see them get none. Russia will get the win and secure a spot in the knockout stages.

Recommended Bets

Best: Russia WIN ($2.10)
Other: 1st Half Correct Score 0-0 ($2.05)
Correct Score: Russia 1-0 ($5.75)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 19. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 20th.

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? Russia are without star forward Aleksandr Kokorin, and defenders Georgi Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin for the World Cup with knee injuries, While Egypt’s Mo Salah looks to fully fit after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have never faced each other before.