18:00 GMT 19 June 2018
The Russia vs. Egypt match will be played on Tuesday, June 19, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg. This is the second round match of group A. In the first round, Russia defeated Saudi Arabia by 5:0, while Egypt was defeated against Uruguay by 1:0.
The upcoming game will be the first played between these two teams.
Russia is in an excellent position after the first round. Since they won the match against Saudi Arabia by 5:0, they will probably need only a point against Egypt to secure the place in the knockout phase of the tournament, which would be regarded as a success for the hosts. We expect they will be more defensive than they were in the first round match, and they'll wait for a chance to counter attack Egypt.
Latest matches: Russia
The question of all questions for Egypt is will Mohamed Salah play in the upcoming game? Coach Hector Cuper announced that he will be ready for the first match against Uruguay, but since Egypt defended successfully until the very end of the game, he opted to leave him on the bench. Salah is not 100% fit, that's for sure, but high-regarded news outlets in England announced that the Egyptian star will start the match against the hosts, which is the most important game for Egypt in the 21st century.
Latest matches: Egypt
If Salah is able to perform like he did for Liverpool in the last season, Egypt is a favorite to win the upcoming game. However, Russia will be defensive minded, so we expect to see under 2.5 goals in this match.
19 June 2018 - 18:00 GMT
Share your opinion about this preview by leaving a comment below.