World Cup 2018, Russia vs Egypt: Preview, Team News, Prediction, Head-to-Head & Key Stats
Confident Russia will be up against the Mohamed Salah powered Egypt in tonight's encounter which is expected to be a hard-fought affair.
With a win in their previous encounter against Saudi Arabia, Russia will virtually look to cement their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
However, the seven-time African champions will pose a much tougher task, but a lot will depend upon Salah's fitness.
Alan Dzagoev of Russia is expected to miss the rest of the FIFA World Cup after damaging his hamstring in Thursday's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt team management.
Russia vs Egypt, Group A:
Match Date: 19 June 2018, Tuesday
Match Timing: 23:30 IST, 18:00 GMT
Match Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
Expected Crowd Turnout: With a home game ahead for Russia, the Russia vs Egypt encounter is expected to be a house-full affair with a total crowd turnout of 64,300.
Head-to-head in World Cups
Interestingly, Russia and Egypt will be meeting for the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup.
Russia FIFA 2018 WC Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), and Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg).
Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), and Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg).
Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), and Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow).
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), and Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).
Probable Starting XI
Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, and Fedor Smolov.
Egypt FIFA 2018 WC Squad:
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), and Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), and Saad Samir (Al Ahly).
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), and Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
Probable Starting XI
Mohammed El Shenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy, Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said, Mohammed Salah, and Marwan Mohsen.
Stats to look into ahead of the encounter:
Russia and Egypt are yet to lock horns in this prestigious event. Thus, tonight, Russia and Egypt will be playing each other for the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup.
Interestingly, Russia has never lost a single match against any of the African countries in the history of FIFA World Cup
Ever since the disintegration of USSR, Russia has qualified for the FIFA only on three occasions (1994, 2002, and 2004) and have failed to make the knockout stages every single time. Egypt are yet to win against any of the European countries in the long history of FIFA World Cup.
Having participated in four FIFA World Cups, Egypt is yet to open their account in the history of FIFA World Cup as they haven't won a single match thus far.
Russia vs Egypt: Match Prediction
Predicted score: Russia 1-1 Egypt