Matt Pitt | Thu 14/06/2018 - 06:28 EDT

Egypt vs Uruguay Odds

Egypt vs Uruguay Odds
Egypt go into their opening match against Uruguay as massive underdogs with Bovada pricing them at +425 to win compared to -150 on an Uruguayan victory and +285 for the draw. Uruguay has many Europe-based players in its squad, particularly its forwards, so acclimatising to the Russian weather should no pose a problem and could give them a distinct advantage over Egypt.

Egypt vs Uruguay World Cup Odds

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The second match of Group A takes place at 21:00 local time on Friday 15th June at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Egypt vs Uruguay Prediction

Uruguay (-1) -130 Bet Now

Egypt go into their opening match against Uruguay as massive underdogs with Bovada pricing them at +425 to win compared to -150 on an Uruguayan victory and +285 for the draw.  Uruguay has many Europe-based players in its squad, particularly its forwards, so acclimatising to the Russian weather should no pose a problem and could give them a distinct advantage over Egypt. 

Bovada have Uruguay starting at -1 as a +130 shot and this looks exceptional value as the South American outfit has plenty of firepower at its disposal and while Egypt’s Mo Salah is a major threat, Uruguay should, in theory, win this match comfortably.   Neither side is likely to be challenging for the winner’s trophy, although both are capable of progressing to the knockout stages.

Egypt vs Uruguay Key Bites

  • Egypt are heavily reliant on Mohamed Salah but will he be fit in time for this match?
  • The Egyptians seem to have lost all confidence having not won in six games
  • Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani / Luis Suarez strike force give the team a potent attack
  • This could be a midfield battle with Egypt playing 4-3-3 and Uruguay 4-4-2
  • If Essam El Hadary plays in goal for Egypt, he will become the oldest ever player at the World Cup finals

The second match of Group A takes place at 21:00 local time on Friday 15th June at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Egypt are just happy to be at their first World Cup finals since 1990, yet they are not turning up just to make the numbers up. They have a legitimate world class superstar in their team in Mo Salah and he is capable of opening up any defence.

Uruguay were disappointing at the 2014 World Cup as they fell in the Round of 16, four years after they had navigated their way to a solid fourth-place finish. In Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay have enough firepower to worry any team in the competition.

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Egypt vs Uruguay Betting Trends

Egypt

  • Egypt qualified for World cup for the first time since 1990.
  • Egypt won five, drew one and lost two of their eight qualification group games, scoring 12 goal and conceding five.
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was Egypt’s top scoring with five goals, including an injury time penalty against Congo which cemented Egypt’s qualification.
  • Egypt has won the Africa Cup of Nations seven times, including three consecutive titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
  • Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 and they failed to progress from their group.
  • Egypt has never won a game at the World Cup finals.
  • The Egyptians were +15000 outsiders to win the World cup before the tournament started.
  • Egypt were priced at +550 third-favorites to win Group A before the start of the tournament.

Uruguay

  • Uruguay finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and reached the Round of 16 in 2014 in Brazil.
  • Uruguay were +3300 to win the World Cup before the tournament started.
  • Uruguay has won the World Cup twice, once in 1930 and again in 1950.
  • Uruguay’s record at the World Cup finals is played 51, won 20, drawn 12 and lost 19. They have scored 80 goals and conceded 71.
  • Uruguay are four times Copa America champions.
  • Uruguay has never played Egypt previously.
  • Uruguay finished second in their qualifying group having won nine, draw four and lost five of their 18 matches. They scored 32 goals and conceded 20 during these games.
  • Edinson Cavani was the top scorer in qualification, netting 10 goals. Luis Suarez bagged five goals during qualification.

Egypt vs Uruguay World Cup Preview

There was much hype surrounding Egypt when the team secured qualification to what is its third World Cup finals. That hype was mostly due to the incredible form of Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah who has enjoyed the best season of his career.

Salah scored 44 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions last season but then suffered a shoulder injury in the UEFA Champions League final that looked set to rule him out of the World Cup. Salah has returned to training with his Egyptian team mates, yet there are still doubts over whether he will be fit in time to face Uruguay. 

Egypt’s main problem is their over-reliance on Salah; without him they look lost. The Egyptian squad does have a few players who ply their trade in the big leagues. The aforementioned Salah is joined by West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi and Arsenal defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

First choice goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy is another player who suffered an injury blow, which could pave the way for Essam El Hadary to become the oldest player to feature in a World Cup finals. Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon holds the current record at 43 years and 3 days. El Hadary will be 45 years and five months at the start of the Uruguay game.

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Uruguay seem to be happy with the title of the tournament’s dark horses. The South American outfit are currently priced around +2800 with Bovada to win the tournament, which puts them as ninth favorites, and there are definitely worse teams than Uruguay that are attracting the attention of punters.

The Uruguayans have a solid defense that is unlikely to be troubled by any of the Egyptian players, except for Salah if he is fit. This defensive unit conceded five in their previous nine games and they kept six clean sheets in those matches.

At the other end of the pitch, Uruguay look deadly. Coach Oscar Tabarez has thrown some of Uruguay’s excellent youngsters into the squad and they have immediately looked at home. Midfielder Federico Valverde looks like a huge prospect while Nahitan Nandez and Rodrigo Bentancur will bomb down the wings and cause havoc with any defense in the world. 

It is expected that Uruguay will partner Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front in what could be the deadliest duo to feature at the World Cup. Cavani scored 50 goals in 50 games last season and recently made his 100th international appearance. Suarez found the net 35 times in 57 games and only needs three more appearances in the blue Uruguay short to reach a ton of caps.

Uruguay should, on paper at least, brush Egypt aside and go into this match on the back of three straight victories. The +130 on offer from Bovada on a Uruguay win with a -1 spread looks exceptional value, especially when you consider Egypt’s recent awful form and the fact they may be without their talismanic frontman Salah.

A 2-0 Uruguay victory is priced at +500 and looks a solid bet, which means we also like the look of the +120 on offer on a Uruguay win and there being over 1.5 goals in the game.

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