Egypt – Group A – Overview and Egypt betting tips
2018 will mark Egypt’s first appearance in the World Cup in 28 years, and Héctor Cúper’s team will be keen to make a big impression in Russia. Egypt are renowned as being Africa’s most successful national football team, and they narrowly lost the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. With star strikers like Mohamed Salah in exceptional form for Liverpool, they look like they could be a good outside bet for delivering a few shock results in the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
Our team overview for Egypt will show you how the team found their way to Russia. And with profiles of star players, the manager, and predictions for how well they will do, it will give you everything you need to put down a bet with confidence on Egypt this summer.
Egypt prediction: How well will they do?
Although it would be a serious long shot to suggest that Egypt have what it takes to reach the World Cup final, we think that the team could make it to the knock out rounds. Egypt are currently placed 31st in the FIFA world rankings, and they should be able to pick up some points against their rivals in Group A.
Whilst their opening match against the highly-rated Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on 15 June will be a tough prospect for the side, they should face little real opposition from Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on 25 June. This means that it could be the match against Russia in Saint Petersburg on 21 June that could be the most pivotal game in Egypt’s World Cup campaign.
Facing a Russian team on their home turf is never going to be an easy prospect, but seeing as Russia have conceded nine goals in three friendlies against Brazil, France and Spain, it means that Mohamed Salah will be itching to continue his incredible goalscoring form. So whilst Egypt are currently 200/1 to pick up the World Cup trophy at Betway, we think they could be worth a low stake outside bet.
Journey to the World Cup — Who did Egypt beat to qualify?
Whilst it’s been nearly three decades since Egypt appeared in a World Cup, they certainly didn’t appear to have too much of a problem in getting through the qualifying rounds. The team easily won Group E of the Confederation of African Football group stages, and with five goals in six games from Mohamed Salah, it’s clear who all Egyptian eyes will be on this summer.
Egypt started their campaign in glorious form with a tough 1-2 away win against Congo, and a comprehensive 2-0 home victory against Ghana. Although Egypt suffered a 0-1 away defeat against Uganda in August 2017, they seemed to gather their composure with a string of assured performances against Uganda and Congo that saw them enter their final game against Ghana with the Group E title already in the bag. But whilst Egypt had a fairly easy time in the qualifiers, it remains to be seen how they will fare when the FIFA 2018 World Cup kicks off in June.
Best players for Egypt: Who should you be betting on?
There is little doubt that Mohamed Salah is the undisputed star of the Egypt football team. His 2017/18 season with Liverpool has been marked by some serious goalscoring genius and it’s hoped that he can carry his golden touch over to the national side. Whilst Salah is currently soaring ahead at the top of the Premier League highest scorer table, it will be interesting to see how he fares against international competition. But as Betfair currently have Salah placed at 33/1 to pick up the Golden Boot in Russia, it seems that there are a few punters who are already backing this star striker.
Of course, the Egyptian side isn’t just about Salah, as there are plenty more players worthy of your attention. Alongside the goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary, who at 45 years of age should be the oldest player at the World Cup, there’s also Premier League stars like Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi who should be familiar faces.
But it could be Stoke City’s Ramadan Sobhi who could be Egypt’s wild card. The promising winger has already delighted fans in the Premier League with his strong dribbling and passing skills, and at 21 years, he looks to be a key part of Egypt’s footballing renaissance.
Who manages Egypt?
Much of Egypt’s strong recent form has been put down to the managerial efforts of their team coach, Héctor Cúper. The Argentine manager may be known for his conservative style of play, but it seems that he’s successfully managed to get the team to work together well to deliver a string of winning results.
Cúper took over the Egyptian national team in 2015, and he swiftly brought some good fortune to the side with a strong performance in the AFCON 2017 tournament that saw them narrowly missing out in the final against Cameroon.
Prior to his time in Egypt, Cúper played as a centre back for the Argentina national side, and then went on to forge his managerial career with European club giants like Inter Milan and Valencia. Although Cúper didn’t manage to transform the fortunes of the Georgian national team during his time there a decade ago, it seems that he’s somehow managed to turn Egypt into a team to be reckoned with.
Why bet on Egypt?
Predicting Egypt’s chances of success in the FIFA 2018 World Cup is pretty tricky, as the team is made up of numerous contradictions. Whilst it’s easy to look at the incredible goalscoring form of Mohamed Salah, you have to remember that the side’s manager, Héctor Cúper, is renowned for his defensive and conservative footballing strategies.
As a result, we can expect to see Egypt provide a tough challenge for their competitors in Group A. If Cúper’s defensive instincts are able to hold out Uruguay’s strong goalscoring talents, and they are able to supply Salah with plenty of opportunities on the counter-attack, then we could expect to see Egypt coast through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
However, it’s worth remembering that Egypt lost both of their opening 2018 international friendlies against Portugal and Greece, so it remains to be seen how they will cope against top-level competition. Although Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times, they have routinely struggled on the global stage, and you have to go back to the 1990 World Cup to find a time where they managed to reach the knock-out rounds.
Despite this, it’s fair to say that Egypt have managed to get themselves a fairly easy group. Whilst nobody would envy their opening match against Uruguay, if they manage to hold their own against the hosts, Russia, then we could enjoy seeing Egypt comfortably defeating Saudi Arabia on 25 June to reach the next round.
But regardless of what happens in Russia this summer, with young stars like Mohamed Salah and Ramadan Sobhi in the team, we can expect big things from Egypt in the future.