2018 FIFA World Cup – Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Monday 25th June, 15:00

Where? Volgograd Arena

What channel is it on? ITV4

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

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

THE TEAM NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA

  • Saudi Arabia put in a better performance against Uruguay but still came unstuck and they are on a five-match losing streak right now in international matches.
  • Pizzi has injury concerns over Osama Hawsawi and Al Jassim with Motaz Hawsawi and Al Mogahwi in contention to replace the duo while there are no suspensions for this match but Pizzi may decide to bring Al Maiouf back in goal or give Al Mosailem a start.

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

Al Maiouf

Al Burayk, Omar Hawsawi, Motaz Hawsawi, Al Shahrani

Al Faraj, Otayf

Al Shehri, Al Jassim, Al Dawsari

Al Sahlawi

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Osama Hawsawi, Al Jassim

EGYPT

  • Egypt were undone by Russia despite the return of Mo Salah last time out and they are now playing this final game with just pride at stake – of which they have plenty.
  • Gaber is a doubt for this game but otherwise there is a fully fit squad at Cuper's disposal as they try and pick up a consolation win as the likelihood is that Cuper still fields a strong starting 11 and that may see them go unchanged as they are motivated to win.

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

El Shenawy

Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdul Shafy

Said, Elneny, Hamed

Salah, Mohsen, Trezeguet

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Gaber

THE PREDICTION

There is nothing but pride to play for in this match but both teams will be motivated to leave the tournament on a positive note. Egypt have the greater quality throughout their starting line-up however and they have a real desire to get a positive result here and show they can compete at this level. Their overall quality should shine through so expect them to win this game.