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RUSSIA vs. EGYPT – FIFA World Cup Preview,
Odds and Picks 6/19/18

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The clash between Russia and Egypt will be played at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 19th. The Russians have three points after the first round while the Pharaohs were left empty-handed against Uruguay and a victory for them is a must if they want to keep their Round of 16 dreams alive.

Russia vs. Egypt

Three-Way: 1: Russia +114; X: +225 Draw; 2: Egypt +290

Spread -0.5: Russia +104; Egypt -133

Total 2.5 goals: Over +140; Under -189

RUSSIA

The hosts opened the World Cup with a comfortable 5-0 victory over weak Saudi Arabia, and although they were considered as favorites before the match at -227, nobody expected such a massive win. Yury Gazinskiy scored the first goal at the tournament in the 12th minute with a well-placed header, while the substitute Denis Cheryshev scored a brilliant solo goal with two minutes before the halftime, making the life easier to all the punters who backed the Sbornaya to win in both halves at +120.

The Green Falcons were completely toothless in the attack as they didn’t attempt a single shot on target for 90 minutes, while the Russians destroyed them in the final 20 minutes through Artem Dzyuba, Cheryshev, and Aleksandr Golovin, who put the last nail in Saudi’s coffin from a direct free-kick in the 94th minute. The game went well over 2.5 goals at +114, while Russia covered the -1.5 spread at +129, a great game for all the punters who believed in the hosts on this one.

EGYPT

The Pharaohs didn’t pose a real threat to Uruguay and Fernando Muslera, but they fought bravely and defended well for 89 minutes. However, Jose Gimenez outjumped Egypt’s defenders and gave his team a precious lead in the 89th minute with an excellent header, making everyone who backed Uruguay at -200 happy.

Hector Cuper’s decision not to include Mohamed Salah proved to be costly for the Egyptians who couldn’t get the things going offensively without him, so this clash with Russia should be a lot more different. Uruguay’s only goal wasn’t enough for those who backed over 2.5 goals, but it was just enough for the punters who anticipated a low scoring affair and under 2.5 goals at -143.

Match Prediction

The odds on Russia’s win here can be found from +110 to +117, while Egypt currently stands at +290, but perhaps the best option for this tilt is to play draw at +225, which would be just enough for the hosts to practically secure their place into the best 16 teams on the planet.

The Pick: Draw (+225)

Match Prediction – Total Goals

Russia was surprisingly efficient against Saudi Arabia, and although Egypt faced such strikers as Cavani and Suarez and conceded only one goal, they will not be playing defensively as it was the case with Uruguay. Mohamed Salah can certainly create a havoc in Russia’s defense and Egypt will concentrate on the offense more, which will give space for the Russians to hit them on the counter, so I am expecting to see at least a goal on each end, and the odds on both teams to score are +105. However, the point would not be enough for the Pharaohs, who will have to go for all three points, and in case of Russia's goal, they will have to score two, so backing over 2.5 goals could be a solid option at excellent +150 odds.

The Pick: Over 2.5 goals (+150)

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