2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia vs Egypt Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Tuesday 19th June, 19:00

Where? Krestovsky Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-a-russia-saudi-arabia-egypt-uruguay-tickets/ca5910

THE TEAM NEWS

RUSSIA

  • Russia kicked off the tournament with a fabulous win and display as they took Saudi Arabia apart and beat them comprehensively 5-0 in what was the biggest win in the opening round of matches but spoke as much about how poor the Saudis were along with how well Russia played.
  • Dzagoev picked up a hamstring injury which may rule him out of the rest of the tournament in what was the only negative from the opening win so Cheryshev will surely get the start after he replaced Dzagoev and scored twice and that is likely to be the only change to the starting team.
  • With a goal and two assists in the first game, Golovin impressed on the big stage and has been attracting interest from top clubs in Europe so he will be aiming to put on a show again.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Akinfeev

Fernandes, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Zhirkov

Gazinskiy, Zobnin

Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev

Smolov

Unavailable: Dzagoev

Doubtful: None

EGYPT

  • Egypt were heartbroken by the late goal conceded to lose to Uruguay in a match where their performance deserved something out of the game and had they had Salah playing, he could have provided them with the quality and composure in the attacking third that they lacked.
  • Salah was on the bench but did not come on so he remains a serious doubt but they may decide to risk him here in a game they have to win to have any hope of progressing to the knockout rounds.
  • Hamed was forced off with a knock against Uruguay and is unlikely to be fit here so Morsy is expected to come into the starting 11 while Salah would replace Warda if they do risk him.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

El Shenawy

Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdul Shafy

Said, Elneny, Morsy

Salah, Mohsen, Trezeguet

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Salah, Hamed

THE PREDICTION

The loss to Uruguay last time out means Egypt have to go for the win and be more attacking here which may see them risk Mo Salah as they lacked his quality in the final third. Russia have the comfort of their opening win and they played some great attacking football, so expect goals and both teams to score. Russia have to be favoured based on their opening display, although that one does flatter them somewhat based on the poor quality of opposition.