Egypt vs. Uruguay Prediction
Egypt will be making its first World Cup appearance in almost three decades today, but will be a sizable underdog against a Uruguay squad with plenty of star power. Can Egypt notch the big upset or is Uruguay going to roll to the win?
97803 Egypt at 97804 Uruguay
Friday, June 15, 2018
Central Stadium at 8AM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, Uruguay is a -179 favorite to win on the moneyline. Egypt is a +600 underdog, while the over-under is set at 2.5 goals.
All eyes on Egypt
Egypt hasn't made a World Cup appearance since 1990, but that all ends today against Group A favorite Uruguay. The first match of the group and the tournament saw World Cup host Russia unexpectedly blast Saudi Arabia by a count of 5-0 on Thursday. It set up the Russians as a possible underdog in the group, but the winner of this match is still the presumed favorite. Egypt has one star on the roster in Liverpool mainstay forward Mohamed Salah, but he comes in at less than 100 percent after a shoulder injury. His involvement in today's match is in question. Salah's presence or absence will play a huge role in how the Egyptians manage to answer the challenge.
Suarez brings feisty attitude to another WC
Luis Suarez has been a controversial figure much of his club and international career, with a memorable bite being the last we saw of him in a World Cup. But the Uruguayan forward is still a dazzling playmaker and at the age of 31, this is almost certainly his last shot at playing on the world's grandest stage. Looking for repemption, Suarez also prevented a goal with his hands against Ghana in 2010, which played a huge role in Uruguay advancing to the semifinals. Suarez has avoided controversy since the nine-game ban for biting in 2014, but he still regularly gets into it with opponents and referees. He'll have all eyes on him for his behavior today and throughout Uruguay's stay in the tournament.
I might think about this a little if Salah was healthy, but with him being downgraded it severely limits the Egypt offense. Uruguay is an outside contender for World Cup champion and will want to make a statement here. Take the favorites to win going away.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: URUGUAY -179