The announcement that Mohamed Salah is almost 100% sure to play for Egypt shouldn’t distract anyone betting on the game from the fact that Uruguay are a far better team.
Read on for our selections in the match betting, correct score and first goalscorer markets for this World Cup Group A fixture, as well as a left-field selection to tickle your fancy.
Match Betting – Uruguay to win to nil @ 6/5
La Celeste are 13/20 to win the match by any means, but they’re expected to keep a clean sheet too.
Their Atletico Madrid centre-halves Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are two of the best around and Oscar Tabarez’s men have kept six clean sheets in their last nine internationals, including shut out successes in each of their last three.
Egypt have scored once in their last four outings in Salah’s absence (with that goal coming against Kuwait) and he is unlikely to be fully fit on his return to the fold, nor has it been confirmed he will start.
Correct Score – Uruguay to win 2-0 @ 5/1
The Pharoahs were pounded 3-0 by Belgium in their final pre-tournament friendly, but Uruguay are arguably a slightly less creative outfit than the Rode Duivels.
During their nine matches in 2017/18, only twice have the Celeste notched more than two goals in a game and a brace of strikes may well be the ceiling of what they can hope for in this encounter.
1st Goalscorer – Split stakes on Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, both are 13/5
Either Cavani, Suarez or both have struck in five of Uruguay’s last six outings and backing both to score first with £10 on both players will see you make a £16 profit if one bags first at the odds at the time of writing.
Left-field selection – Penalty awarded @10/3
Spot kicks have been awarded for transgressions against Uruguay players in two of their last three internationals.