Stadium: Volgograd Arena
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have only pride to play for, but we’re sticking with the Pharaohs to prove a cut above in this Group A wooden spoon contest.
Hector Cuper’s side had high hopes going into this World Cup and the experienced head coach will be keen to at least bow out on a positive note.
We reckon 17/20 for the north African outfit is a solid bet for our first Saudi Arabia vs Egypt prediction.
A Look At Saudi Arabia’s Betting Odds
After being thrashed 5-0 by Russia in their opening game, Saudi Arabia put in a much more resilient display when going down 1-0 to Uruguay.
It would have been easy for the Green Falcons to fold again after falling behind to a Luis Suarez strike on 23 minutes.
However, they restricted La Celeste to long-range efforts from then on and even had a chance to equalise, only for Hatan Bahbri to blaze over the bar.
“The difference between our first match and this match is absolutely enormous,” declared manager Juan Antonio Pizzi.
However, Saudi Arabia still rarely threatened going forward and have now gone 366 minutes without a goal in World Cup matches, as well as losing 11 straight games at this level.
A Look At Egypt’s Betting Odds
Egypt were hoping Mohamed Salah’s return would help them to recover from an opening 1-0 loss to Uruguay when facing Russia but went down 3-1 to the hosts.
Salah looked willing enough when coming back from a shoulder injury but the Liverpool star snatched at a few half-chances before slotting home a penalty in fine style.
Head coach Hector Cuper said: “Perhaps we weren’t decisive enough, perhaps we lacked that little extra thing to get there.
“But I must recognise the great effort that they have done after 28 years where Egypt had not taken part in a World Cup.”
Whether Salah is risked again remains to be seen, but the Pharaohs do have a decent supporting cast, including Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El Neny and West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi.
They should be good enough to take this and we’re finishing off our Saudi Arabia vs Egypt betting tips by taking 27/4 for a 1-0 win that is more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
Uruguay 1-0 SAUDI ARABIA
Russia 3-1 EGYPT – Salah (pen)
Head-to-head: Egypt 2-1 Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia 0-1 Egypt, Egypt 1-5 Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia 0-0 Egypt, Saudi Arabia 1-2 Egypt, Egypt 13-0 Saudi Arabia
Group A Standings