Group Stage A: RUS vs. EGY
Russia vs. Egypt June 19, 2018 2:00 PM ET (TV FOXS1) Arena St. Petersburg, Russia
After a 5-0 drubbing over Saudi Arabia to kick off the 2018 World Cup, the Russians find themselves back on the field on Tuesday as they will square off against Egypt in Group Stage A action in St. Petersburg; a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
While Russia had no problem showing their might against the Saudis in their World Cup opener, they will be expecting more of a challenge in the Egyptians with striker Mohamed Saleh seeking to help earn his team 3 points after dropping a 1-0 contest to Uruguay in their opener.
Needing a victory to stay alive in group play, Egypt will insert Saleh into the starting lineup after sitting him out versus Uruguay; a move that proved costly, but with a lingering shoulder injury, Egypt did not want to risk the move.
Amongst one of the best players in the world with his lethal attack and finding the back of the net, Saleh will seek to give his already balanced team an edge over the Russians in what may be a “must-win” for the Africans?
For Russia, their victory over the Saudis has given them plenty of confidence and has helped put them at ease a bit as they entered this World Cup with not much hope to make any noise.
As the host nation for this years World Cup, Russia entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team but head coach Stanislav Cherchesov feels his team can expose the “weaknesses” of Egypt and contain Saleh to notch at least a tie if not a win.
We’ll see if the Russians can withstand the Egyptians who will enter this matchup with a sense of urgency to earn some much needed points.
As for sports betting purposes for this RUS vs. EGY matchup, MyBookie has RUS (+111 ML) over Egypt (+297 ML) with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored from 5Dimes; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 2.0 total game scored as my best betting pick for my money.