World Cup Preview – Group A | Russia v Egypt

Russia will all but seal qualification to the last 16 of the World Cup if they beat Egypt on Tuesday.

Russia opened their campaign with a brilliant 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, which has set them up perfectly going into their second game with Egypt.

Victory would mean Russia are all but through, and could only be denied by an unlikely Saudi win over Uruguay elsewhere in the group.

Egypt suffered a 1-0 loss to Uruguay first-up, but that was without star forward Mo Salah, who is fit and will start the game on Tuesday.

But Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov is not too worried about Salah.

“We know how to play against him,” the Russia coach said.

“We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”

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

Russia 19:00 Egypt
St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg
Live on BBC


Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev; Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Fedor Smolov

Egypt: Mohammed El Shenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said; Mohammed Salah, Marwan Mohsen

KEY FACT: This is Sweden’s first match at a World Cup finals since 2006
Match odds from bet365: RUSSIA 11/10 DRAW 23/10 EGYPT 3/1
bet365 Pick: Egypt Double chance @3/4
ANDY SAYS: I think Egypt come out on top here and take the win…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Egypt with Salah could win this, but I will say draw…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Son Heung-min – A fabulous player as he showed with Spurs this season, and has a chance to show that in Russia

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