Head-To-Head:Russia and Egypt have never played against each other in their footballing history. In a World Cup, Russia has never lost against an African Nation and Egypt has never won against an European Nation.
Russia:Russia, host nation of this FIFA World Cup 2018 has never gone past beyond the group stages of the tournament since their partition from the USSR in 1991 and since then, they have finished group stages as the last placed team. But this time their opening day match against Saudi Arabia showed that history has changed for them or they are going to change it. 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia has given the host nation hopes of finishing as group leaders ahead of favourites Uruguay. Their victory was not only about scoring goals but it also showed their strength as a balanced squad. Three points in Russia Vs Egypt game will guarantee their spot in the first knock-out round. However, Russia Vs Egypt game will be hard for them as it is a very crucial game for the opposition team and they shouldn’t get carried away against a team having the likes of Salah, Elneny and Hegazi. Moreover, Russia will be without their key man Alan Dzagoev after he was forced off against Saudi Arabia. Villarreal man Denis Cheryshev, who scored a brace against Saudi Arabia after coming on from the bench is likely to be in place for Alan Dzagoev. Another player who scored after coming on as a substitue was Artem Dzyuba who may get the nod ahead of Smolov. Team manager Stanislav Cherchesov is unlikely to make unnecessary changes to the squad as he is focused to form a stable team against Uruguay in their last group stage match. Russia will be depending on their experienced duo of Ignashevich and Akinfeev alongside their star right-back Mario Fernandez to cope with the pace of opposition goal threat, Mohamed Salah.
Key Players:Denis Cheryshev(Villarreal CF, Winger) Denis Cheryshev was on the bench against Saudi Arabia in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 but injury to Dzagoev gave him the chance to score two goals in front of the home fans and bag the Man of the Match Award. Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow, Midfielder) The 22 years-old was expected to perform in this World Cup and he is doing exactly that. He scored a free-kick and assisted two more goals against Saudi Arabia in the opening match.
Egypt:The Pharaohs camp ride high on confidence as their main man Mohamed Salah is again available for them despite their narrow loss against giants Uruguay. Defeat against Uruguay was not totally a disaster for them as they lost by only one goal and also showed some glimpse of quality they posses in their squad. Tonight’s Russia Vs Egypt match will be very crucial for them as they have lost their first match already. A point/s tonight and a win against Saudi Arabia in their last match of the group stages can get them second place in Group A so they will need at least one point today to be alive in Group A, not mathematically. Team manager Hector Cuper is expected to make some changes to the squad for tonight’s Russia Vs Egypt match. Returning Salah is likely to play on the right wing with a forward role. Huddersfield Town’s new recruit Ramadan Sobhi is also in contention to start and is expected to play in a left winger role. Their midfield will be relying on Arsenal player Mohamed Elneny and Tarek Hamed.
Key Players:Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Forward winger) Speculations over Mohamed Salah avilable for selection for Russia Vs Egypt match are clouded all over the web. The Liverpool winger who finished last season by creating history and breaking records, PFA Player of the Year trophy is just one of many awards he received last season. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, Midfielder) Another big name in the Egypt squad, he may not be a regular starter for his club Arsenal in recent years but he is surely very crucial for his National Team. Elneny is expected to play a key role against opposition man Aleksandr Golovin in midfield, which will be another key battle of the match as Golovin is expected to perform well tonight.
Arsedevils Match Prediction:Russia Vs Egypt : 0-1 Egypt are aware of the importance of the Russia Vs Egypt match and need aleast one point from tonight’s game to keep on fighting for more. Returning star Mohamed Salah is expected to score the winner. Keep following Arsedevils for more news and updates on FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.