Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Egypt vs. Russian Federation odds, expert picks, and insider predictions

Egypt vs. Russian Federation odds, expert picks, and insider predictions

Three goals came from reserves, and two of those came from Denis Cheryshev, a talented winger at Villarreal and former youth player for Real Madrid.

Nevertheless, the African country still have a chance of qualifying from their group if they beat hosts Russian Federation in their second Group A encounter on Tuesday night at the St Petersburg Stadium in St Petersburg.

"It's great to be able to work with him because on top of being talented, he is humble, he plays as a team player and that, at least for me, is extremely important nowadays".

Cheryshev was one of the heroes of Russia's opening win 5-0 against Saudi Arabia and another, Dzyuba, rattled in the third three minutes later.

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The African side will be hoping Salah gives them more of an attacking threat following their first group match, in which they failed to cause Uruguay any danger. The Egyptians on the other hand head for their second fixture after conceding a defeat against Uruguay in their first outing this World Cup.

Finally, Mourinho concluded that Russia's match against Egypt is crucial as the Uruguay match is a hard one, "The game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group".

Russian Federation will have to make do without Alan Dzagoev after he was forced off with a hamstring injury in the win over Saudi Arabia.

Plenty of clearances have happened from Egypt's defence but the game is getting more stable as time progresses.

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While Russia coasted home with a 5-0 margin against Saudi Arabia, Egypt will provide a much tougher test.

Russia's first-ever World Cup will be held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on 15 July.

Russian Federation scored more goals in the first game of the 2018 World Cup than in the whole of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, where they netted just twice in three group matches. They had a good game against Uruguay but the last minute panic cost them the game.

Salah struck back for Egypt when he earned and scored a penalty in the 73rd minute.

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Salah scored over 40 goals across all competitions for Liverpool last season. While a defeat would put Egypt out of the World Cup, a win for Russi would put them in the Round of 16.

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