Today is probably the biggest day for the Egypt national team and its supporters. After a 1-0 loss to Uruguay in their first campaign of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last Friday on June 15, Egypt must have to secure a win to advance through the group stages.
Egypt will face the host country Russia today as their second match of the ongoing tournament. On one hand, Russia claimed an early three-point lead with a win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup, while Egpy is clinging at the bottom. So, the clash between Egypt and Russia definitely is a decisive game for either of the team to secure their position in the knockout stage, and most importantly for Egypt.
Here are few things you might need to know before the kick-off:
The game will be played at Saint Petersburg Stadium and is scheduled with the kick-off time at 2 PM ET/7 PM BST. The clash between Russia and Egypt will be televised live on Fox and Telemundo and viewers can stream the match online on fuboTV.
After a 1-0 loss against Uruguay, Egypt will have to be mentally determined prior to the kick-off. Regarding Egypt's possible line-up, the biggest question is whether Hector Cuper will bring his star player Mohammed Salah or not? Salah has had a vital role at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and the same is expected of him at the World Cup.
Speaking of Russia's line-up, the winning team might have the same squad at their face off of Egypt. With Alan Dzagoev's injury in the first half of the opening game against Saudi Arabia, Denis Cheryshev, who scored two-brace in the first game, probably be Stanislav Cherchesov's first choice, replacing Dzagoev.
Here is the possible line-up for Russia Vs Egypt.
Russia: Possible Lineup
Goal Keeper: Igor Akinfeev
Egypt: Possible Lineup
Goal Keeper: Ahmed El-Shenawy
Russia head to their second game against Egypt as Group A leaders with a +4 goal difference over second-placed Uruguay.
If Russia manages to pull a win over Egypt, it will mean the team advances to their first knockout stage campaign since 1986. An achievement to be written in the Russian heart for centuries!
While Egypt must win the match or avoid losing if they wish to qualify for the Round of 16. A do or die situation for the Egyptian team. With Salah's possible return for today's fixture, Egypt might hope for a stunner today.
Russia Vs Egypt: 2-3