The World Cup 2018 officially kicks off on the 14th of June, with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia after the opening ceremony in Moscow. Five days later, on the 19th of June, both Russia and Egypt will play their second matches of the competition, against each other.
The Russia vs Egypt group stage match will take place Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, which is Russia’s second largest city. At the moment, this match is quite difficult to predict, but in this post we’ll be considering both team’s recent performances and overall form.
That's in the hopes that this will shed some light on both team’s chances of winning this match and their odds on advancing out of the group stages in general. Read on to find out all the information you need to know to place an informed bet on the Russia vs Egypt World Cup match.
Russia vs Egypt World Cup 2018: Date and Time
As we just mentioned, Russia and Egypt will play their second group stage match of the World Cup 2018 at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Also referred to as the Zenit Arena or the Saint Petersburg Stadium, the venue has a capacity of 67,000 people and will be the location for semi-finals of the competition too.
Russia vs Egypt will be played on Tuesday the 19th of June, and will kick off at 20:00 PM (CET).
As both teams will have already played their first matches of the competition before they play each other, the results of these matches will definitely influence both of the teams’ performances, and therefore their betting odds on winning.
Russia vs Egypt: Group A Odds to Advance
Group A in this year’s world cup is made up of Russia, Egypt, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. The group has been deemed one of the weakest in the competition, with Uruguay the clear favourites to advance. That being said, this leaves the second position to advance completely open to any of the other three teams.
Saudi Arabia are the least likely to advance out of Group A, which means that Russia and Egypt will be fighting tooth and nail to advance alongside with Uruguay.
By the time this match is played, Russia will have already played Saudi Arabia and Egypt will have already played Uruguay. Russia are expected to win their match against Saudi Arabia, whereas Egypt will have to perform exceptionally well to beat Uruguay. This means that Egypt will be hoping to score as many goals as possible, as this could make a big difference to their odds of advancing.
Russia vs Egypt Winner Betting Odds
At the moment, the betting odds on Egypt vs Russia are looking very interesting:
- Egypt to win: 15/4
- Russia to win: 15/16
- Draw: 26/10
These odds mean that, ultimately, Russia are the favourites to win. However, as the odds are very short on this, there isn’t much value in that bet. Instead we’d consider the chances of Egypt winning outright to be worth a punt, especially when you consider their recent form.
Of course, these odds will be sure to change closer to the match itself. As both teams have matches before this one, it’ll be important to consider the results of their first matches too. We’d generally advise waiting until closer to the time to place a wager on this match, but if you’re feeling confident of Egypt’s ability to beat Russia, then this could be the perfect opportunity to beat the bookies.
Egypt vs Russia: Recent Team Statistics
If you want to make an educated bet on this match, then it’s always important to look at both teams’ recent match statistics.
- In their qualifying group stages, Egypt won four out of the six games they played (62.5%), drawing one and losing another.
- This left them top of their group, beating out Uganda, Ghana and Congo to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
- They scored eight goals within the six matches, with five of these coming courtesy of Mo Salah.
- The odds on Egypt winning the World Cup stand at around 150/1.
- As Russia are this year’s hosts of the World Cup, they did not need to compete to qualify.
- In the 2016 Euros, Russia failed to advance out of the group stages, losing two and drawing one of the three matches they played.
- In the 2017 Confederations Cup, Russia also failed to advance out of the group stages.
- The odds on Russia winning the World Cup stand at around 40/1.