For just the second time since 1934 Egypt is in the World Cup. The Pharaohs last made the tournament in 1990. In those two prior appearances they failed to post a win. Yet spirits are high. It’s likely a case of just being glad to make the party. For Uruguay, World Cup history has been far more impressive. They finished fourth as recently as 2010. And they qualified in 2014. The Sky Blue even won the World Cup twice. They boast a deeper and more talented roster than Egypt. Which makes them a strong bet the World Cup favorite.
2018 FIFA World Cup Egypt vs. Uruguay
Date and Time: Friday, June 15, 2018, 8 a.m. ET
Location: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
World Cup Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Egypt||+1 (-129)||2 (EV)|
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Uruguay’s two World Cup titles came in 1930 and 1950. While long ago it’s indicative of their winning tradition. Unlike Egypt they have plenty of World Cup experience. And success at the international level. Among Uruguay’s advantages is stability at head coach. Oscar Tabarez has served 12 years in that role for The Sky Blue. Few teams on the international level can match such steady leadership. Qualification was impressive. Only Brazil finished ahead of Uruguay. Tabarez was a big sportsbook online factor as to why. He refreshed the midfield to jumpstart momentum.
Sky Blue is the Chalk of the Group
Also, in Uruguay’s favor is the luck of the draw. Group A is among the weakest in the tournament. In fact, The Sky Blue is the chalk of the group. With Luis Suarez, Uruguay has a star player. Suarez is their all time leading goal scorer. This will be his final World Cup. Talented Suarez can be immature on occasion. He has even been suspended for biting. Another key component is captain Diego Godin. Few players can organize a defensive line more effectively. Godin also has a knack for scoring important goals.
Egypt is a one-dimensional team to Bet the World Cup with. Defense and more defense is all they rely on. While not fun to watch it is effective. Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is 45 years of age. He will become the oldest player at the World Cup. What little offense the Pharaohs generate will be from Mohamed Salah. Salah scored 32 goals for Liverpool in the English Premier League. And added 11 goals in his first 14 UEFA matches for the Reds. Salah scored five of the Pharaohs eight qualifying goals.
Matchup to Watch
Few matches will offer such a stark bet the World Cup contrast. Uruguay loves to attack. Which makes them fun to watch. Egypt is an eyesore bore. The Pharaohs just lay back on defense. And its understandable as to why. They lack Uruguay’s firepower. Seems like nothing new there. The Egyptians rarely match up talent wise. So, you have a team that can’t score. Going up against an opponent that is relentless on offense. It’s simply not a game Egypt is likely to succeed at.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Kudos to Egypt for ending their long World Cup absence. But this match is illustrative of why they had such a long wait.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Uruguay
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: Uruguay 2, Egypt 0
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