Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Betting Tip
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Saudi Arabia are remembered for scoring one of the best individual goals ever seen at the World Cup. Saeed Al-Owairan ran for well over half the length of the pitch against Belgium at the 1994 World Cup before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net. Saudi Arabia fans would love to have another moment like that to cheer in this game. Egypt are playing in their first World Cup for 28 years and there were wild celebrations in the country when they secured qualification. The Pharaohs have a very good record at the African Cup of Nations but are still searching for their first win at the World Cup finals.
Saudi Arabia came into the 2018 World Cup as one of the lowest ranked nations in the official FIFA world rankings. They have lived up their billing as one of the worst teams in the tournament and will be keen to give their fans something to cheer before they leave Russia. Egypt were just happy to reach a World Cup but having arrived at the tournament with one of the best players in the world, Mohamed Salah, expectations began to rise. Unfortunately, the higher expectations have not been met and Egypt will be hoping to secure their first win in World Cup history before heading home.
Very little was expected of Saudi Arabia in this tournament but no one predicted them to lose 5-0 to Russia in their opening game. They were awful in defence and left too much space for Russia to exploit. This led to a better performance defensively in the second match against Uruguay but a goalkeeping error cost them the game.
Egypt faced a tough task in their first match of the 2018 World Cup against Uruguay and fell to a 1-0 defeat. If Mohamed Salah was fit, it could have been a different story but even with the Liverpool forward in the starting XI against Russia, Egypt fell to a 3-1 defeat. The step up in quality has been a bit too much for them to handle but Egypt will see this as a great opportunity to win a World Cup match.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Head to Head
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have met six times, with Egypt coming out on top four times, with one draw and one victory for Saudi Arabia. The last time the teams net was in 2007 at the Pan Arab Games and Egypt came out on top 2-1.
Odds and Predictions
Egypt are the strong favourites for this match priced at 1.90. Despite losing their two games to date, they have shown enough to suggest they can win this match. Saudi Arabia’s heavy loss to Russia has had a massive impact on their tournament and despite putting in a better performance against Uruguay last time out, they are the outsiders for this game at 4.50. The draw is on offer at 3.60. In many of the previous six meetings between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there has been plenty of goals. Neither team has got anything to lose at this stage of the tournament and we could see some open, attacking football. Egypt to win and over 2.5 goals is 3.00. Mohamed Salah is head and shoulders above the other attacking players in this game and must be considered the favourite to score the first goal at 3.75. Saudi Arabia’s greatest attacking threat could come from their top goal scorer, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. The Al-Nassr striker is 7.00 to grab the opening goal of the game.
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Top Betting Tip: Egypt (3-1)
There is nothing riding on this match in terms of qualifying but that could make for an entertaining game of football. Both teams will want to record a win before leaving the tournament and we could see plenty of goal mouth action, with Egypt coming out on top.