Hosts Russia made a stirring start to their World Cup by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but now they are poised to face the threat of Egypt and a fit-again Mohamed Salah.
Russia to win by one goal – 47/20
With a final Group A game against much-fancied Uruguay, the Eagles are likely to want to push for a victory against the Pharoahs and leave nothing to chance in the last round of group clashes.
In contrast, Egypt may be tempted to play for a point and rely on putting Saudi Arabia away in their final Group A encounter.
If they do, then Russia should have just enough to secure a second successive win and make sure their fans can continue their World Cup journey into the knockout stages of the competition.
Denis Cheryshev to score at any time – 33/10
Villarreal midfielder Denis Cheryshev was highly impressive against Saudi Arabia as he scored twice after coming on as an early substitute for the injured Alan Dzagoev.
He surely did enough to secure a starting spot for the clash with Egypt in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, showing plenty of class on the left side for the Eagles, as well as a cool head in front of goal when the chances fell his way.
A back-up option to Cheryshev comes in the shape of Alexandr Golovin, who has been linked with a number of top European clubs already this summer.
Two goals against the Saudis enhanced his standing and at 15/4 to score at any time against the Egyptians he is certainly worth looking at.
Mohamed Salah to score at any time – 7/4
Egypt superstar Salah may have recovered from a shoulder injury, but he was given a watching brief for the last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
That is unlikely to be the case for the meeting with Russia and, given his amazing goalscoring form over the course of his first season with Liverpool, Salah is bound to provide a major threat to an aging Russian defence which looks to be lacking in pace.
Russia to lose in the last-16 – 20/21
With Russia well set to progress from Group A if they avoid defeat to Egypt, they seem likely to face either Spain or Portugal in the first knockout round and that would seem to represent the end of the road for the hosts.
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