World Cup Preview – Group A | Saudi Arabia v Egypt – Uruguay v Russia

Hosts Russia only need a draw from their final group to secure top-spot over Uruguay in Group A.

Russia and Uruguay both stand on six points and have already booked their passage through to the last 16.

Russia’s wonderful eight-goal haul means they are some way ahead of Uruguay in goal-difference terms, means the South Americans need to win to knock the hosts off top spot.

And Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov is firmly focused on landing top-spot.

“Uruguay are a completely different proposition, their level is completely different. They play in a different style. We need to sort out our squad and our tactics in order to get a result,” said Cherchesov.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is looking forward to facing the hosts.

“Now we have the opportunity to play the World Cup hosts, play a team who have reached the playoffs, too, and who will be supported by a great number of fans. We’ll try to put in improved performance against Russia,” he said.

Egypt and Saudi meet in Volgograd, knowing both are already eliminated.

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

Uruguay 15:00 Russia
Samara Arena, Samara
Live on ITV

Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian De Arrascaeta; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.

Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinksy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.

KEY FACT: The last game between these two was in 2012 in Moscow and culminated with a 1-1 draw.
Match odds from bet365: URUGUAY 17/10 DRAW 21/10 RUSSIA 2/1
bet365 Pick: Half time 0-0 @11/8
ANDY SAYS: Uruguay will seal the group with a win here…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Russia are on form, and I think they will edge this…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Luis Suarez – starting to hit form and could still be one to watch

Saudi Arabia 15:00 Egypt
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Live on ITV

Saudi Arabia:


KEY FACT: Egypt are still looking for their first ever victory at a World Cup finals
Match odds from bet365: SAUDI 15/4 DRAW 13/5 EGYPT 17/20bet365 Pick: Over 2.5 goals @19/20
ANDY SAYS: I can see Egypt winning in style here, convincing victory…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: Don’t see this being a classic, but Egypt should win…0-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Mo Salah – will be looking to finish the finals on a high

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