Saudi Arabia v Egypt takes place on the 25th June and is the last fixture of the group stage for both sides. Saudi Arabia are probably going to struggle against both Russia and Uruguay in their opening two games. They will be hoping that they can compete with Egypt and show what they can do, but it will still be a tough task for them.
Egypt, on the other hand, will expect victory and the African Cup of Nation’s runners-up will definitely fancy their chances. Saudi Arabia will have to be at the top of their game to keep out the likes of Mohamed Salah, who is enjoying the season of his life at Liverpool.
Most people expect Uruguay to win Group A, but that second spot looks to be more tightly contested. Russia are favourites and, as hosts, they certainly have the upper hand.
But Egypt are a team performing well and have some real top-quality players. Egypt and Russia face each other in the second set of group games and if Egypt avoid defeat or even beat the hosts, their motivation will be especially high for this encounter against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Head To Head
The two countries have met each other three times before. Egypt beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the most recent meeting in 2007, and also won 1-0 in 2005. Saudi Arabia beat Egypt emphatically 5-1 back in 1999. In 2018, it will be the first time the sides have met each other in a World Cup.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt World Cup 2018
This is the match in which Saudi Arabia will most fancy their chances in Group A. Egypt are certainly no world beaters and in tournament football, surprises do happen. But we think the most Saudi Arabia can realistically hope for is a point, and it will be a good point at that. A victory would be an outstanding result for them.
Egypt have some good players in their squad including vice-captain Ahmed Fathy, West Bromwich Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi, Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady, Arsenal’s Mohamed El Neny and of course, Liverpool’s dazzling forward, Mohamed Salah.
With these players in the team, Egypt should prove to be too strong for Saudi Arabia and we are expecting an Egyptian win. Anything less will be a very disappointing result for Egypt.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt World Cup 2018 Odds
With all that said, let’s have a look at what the bookies think will happen in this match. Egypt are odds on favourites at around 7/10 at most sportsbooks. Meanwhile, you can get odds of 9/2 at Betfair for Saudi Arabia to cause an upset and beat Egypt. As for the draw, you can currently get odds of 13/5 at Betfair.
In short, Egypt should win this match pretty comfortably. Saudi Arabia will go into this game with more confidence than against Uruguay and Russia, but they simply don’t have the calibre of players that Egypt have. This means that Egypt get our pick for victory in this match.