Egypt in Uruguay are fellow members of the United Nations coalition of developing nations known as the Group of 77 but will be, as far as World Cup betting goes, foes. The Egyptians have qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1990, which Reuters likens with Sir Galahad finding the Holy Grail. Egypt reached the African playoffs for the previous World Cup but a 6-1 humiliation in Ghana not only took them down a peg but also foretold further misfortune when Egypt was paired up with the Ghanaians again in qualifying for the 2018 finals, though such fears on the part of people betting on the World Cup proved to be unfounded.
- 15 June 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
- Egypt vs. Uruguay
- Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Retired Egyptian footballer Mohamed ‘El Magico’ Aboutrika, one of the greatest African footballers of all time, expects his home country’s national team to vie for second place with the other three teams that are not Uruguay. “The draw is good for Egypt and also for Saudi Arabia. The order of Egypt’s games by facing Uruguay then Russia then Saudi Arabia is also good,” Aboutrika said. “This group calls us to think about advancing to the next round in the World Cup. I see that the first spot in the group is reserved for Uruguay with Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia battling out for the second place.”
“We have a strong motive when we face Saudi Arabia because of the renowned game in the 1999 Confederations Cup and Egypt’s 5-0 defeat. God willing Egypt is capable of qualifying from this group.” Group A World Cup betting faves Uruguay appeared in the World Cup on 12 occasions between 1930 and 2014 and won it in 1930 and 1950 in what became known as the Maracanaço. They have reached the semi-finals five times. Additionally, the Uruguayans have won the Copa America 15 times, most recently in 2011, thus becoming the South American which has won it the most times. The once and future head coach Oscar Washington Tabarez is a legend who coached the national team in Italy 1990, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The attack-oriented coach is well known for his clever tactics and fatherly approach to his players. Uruguay qualified for the 2018 World Cup in second place in its group after defeating Bolivia in the final game, 4-2 on October 11, 2017.
Egypt once met Uruguay in a friendly match in 2006 in Alexandria which resulted in a 2-0 Uruguay win. Uruguay’s lethal attacking line includes Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani. The team captain is Diego Godin of Atlético Madrid. Not to be outdone, Egypt manager Héctor Cúper says that Real Madrid has set its sights on forward Mohamed Salah, who currently plays for Liverpool FC. “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but we won’t accelerate these developments,” Cúper said. “For me, he finds himself in an incredible situation at the moment.” Salah, who looks uncannily like Jinder Mahal, has played for Chelsea, Basel, Fiorentina and Roma, and made 22 appearances for Liverpool this season, with 17 goals and five assists. Other English-based players on Egypt’s roster include Ahmed Elmohamady of Aston Villa, Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal, Ahmed Hegazy from West Bromwich Albion and the promising Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City. It has yet to be seen whether they can defy the World Cup betting odds against Uruguay.