This will be the second match that will take place at this World Cup in what looks like an intriguing encounter. Egypt come into it having lost three of five winless 2018 friendly internationals matches, while Uruguay have won each of their three against Czech Republic, Wales and Uzbekistan in this time. The Egyptians very seldomly play the top teams in the world, which is probably due to this being just their third World Cup finals since the tournament started in 1930 and when playing the top-15 ranked teams based on football form lab’s ranking system, they’ve lost six from seven since 2010.
Indeed, the South Americans will fancy their chances with Egypt sweating on the match sharpness of key man Mo Salah, and in long-serving coach Oscar Tabarez they have great stability and tactical cohesion. He’s overseen eight wins across 11 games versus teams we have ranked between 30th and 50th in the world since June 2014, but they’ve only twice netted more than a single goal in their last nine fixtures away or a neutral venues, and so a drubbing of some sort would represent a real surprise. Teams are often reluctant to go for it from the off during the first round of group games with so much at stake, and so the 1-0 correct score appears a very healthy price.
Given Salah is likely to need a game or two to get up to speed, it’s hardly a shock to see Uruguayan duo Cavani and Suarez as the top two most likely scorers according to the bookies. We can’t find fault with that assessment, but at a slightly bigger price the Paris St-Germain forward presents better value in this department. He topped the goalscoring charts for qualification in South America, and comes off the back of a fantastic season where he’s bagged 40 goals from 48 appearances.