FIFA World Cup: Saudi Arabia Vs Egypt Betting Analysis & Prediction
Monday will see the start of Matchday 3 in the group stage, with both games in each group being played at the same time. This rule was instated after a game between Germany and Austria in 1982, where it appeared both teams “fixed” the outcome to ensure that they would both move on to the next round. With the final games of the group stage now kicking off at the same time, a repeat of that controversial game is no longer possible. While the final games often deliver a lot of drama, there is very little left to go around in Group A. Russia and Uruguay have both booked their place in the next round, making the final two games totally academic. Saudi Arabia and Egypt have lost both their games and will be looking to close out their FIFA World Cup experience with something a little more positive. What that means is that we might get a bit of an open game here as both teams look to establish a little national pride in their final showing in Russia.
And so, Group A after two rounds of fixtures…
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⚽: Saudi Arabia Vs Egypt (Group Stage, Group A, Matchday 3 of 3)
🏟️: Volgograd Arena
⏰: Monday, June 25 at 10:00 AM EST
🎰: Egypt -½ -128 | -125 | O 2, 2½ -110
Why bet on Saudi Arabia
It has been a horribly disappointing showing for the Saudis, especially in the opening game of the tournament, where they were pounded 5-0 by the host nation. That was a game that was littered by errors from Saudi Arabia, for which they were punished. You get the sense that it was the size of the occasion that got to them in that one, as they looked a whole lot better in a 1-0 loss to Uruguay in their second outing. Still, it has now been 2 games without a goal for the Saudis, and the reality is that they did not create many clear-cut opportunities in either of those matches. Things seem to break down for them in the final third, where they appear to be totally devoid of ideas. They may have better luck against an Egypt side who are likely to be going all out for the win.
Why bet on Egypt
Egypt were incredibly unlucky to get nothing out of their opening game against Uruguay, giving up a late goal that led to a 1-0 defeat. They were very well organized in the back in that one, as they needed to be given that Mo Salah spent the whole game on the bench. The Liverpool striker was back for the second game against Russia, but his side were always going to be up against it, going against a team that has discovered their confidence in a hurry. The Russians were deadly in front of goal again, going up 3-0 before Salah got a consolation goal from the penalty spot. There is an awful lot of pride in this team, and I believe that they want to get something out of this World Cup, which is why I think they will be having a go at Saudi Arabia right from the start.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Getting a win here will amount to nothing more than a consolation prize, but it’s one that both teams want. In Mo Salah, Egypt have a legitimate game winner, and I think he will play a role in Egypt getting the 3 points.
Predicted Score: Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 2