While Russia and Uruguay go head-to-head for the group winners spot at midnight, at the same time Saudi Arabia and Egypt square off for a match few outside of those two countries care about. What’s more, we’re unlikely to be in for a thriller based on what we’ve seen so far, as collectively these two have played eight matches since the start of June while scoring just twice and losing seven times. They can’t both lose but with little between the pair there’s a decent chance that neither wins so the draw looks the best bet in the outcome markets.
Egypt have been dreadful as Mo Salah returns gingerly from injury. It remains to be seen whether he’ll start while Saudi Arabia love a nosebleed when they cross the halfway line. Given the lack of attacking prowess, particularly on the Saudi side, it’s a shock to see both teams not to score at almost evens.
Egypt have won just two of their last seven games against Asian opposition and six of the matches have had Under 2.5 Goals. In a similar fashion, nine of Saudi Arabia’s last 12 against African opposition have had Under 2.5 Goals (four 0-0s) as they’ve failed to net on seven occasions. If Saudi Arabia are to get just their third point in four World Cup campaigns, it’s difficult to see it coming any way other than a goalless draw.