Poland and Senegal are the last two teams to play in the first round of World Cup 2018 fixtures in what looks a really competitive Group H, with Colombia and Japan completing the group.
Poland were excellent in qualifying as they finished top of their group with eight wins, one draw and just one defeat. The Poles also scored 28 goals in those 10 matches and with Bayern Munich man Robert Lewandowski in attack they should be able to cause most teams problems in Russia.
Senegal also have strong attacking options but their squad does look a little unbalanced and they struggled during their warm-up matches, claiming a solitary win over South Korea as they failed to beat both Luxembourg and Bosnia.
At odds against Poland look good value to claim a win this afternoon and if you are feeling a little braver the 4/1 on a win for the Poles with both teams to score also appeals, while Lewandowski stands out at 53/20 to open the scoring.
Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener but I’m not sure how much that really tells us about the hosts’ quality, as the Saudis looked particularly poor.
Egypt nearly took a point in their opener against Uruguay but a late goal denied them a result. The Pharaohs were without Mohamed Salah for that clash but he should be able to start against Russia, and that extra quality in attack could make the difference this evening.
Russia are the home team and that is an advantage, but Egypt looked comfortable for large periods against Uruguay and they know they have to get a result this evening so they look worth the risk at a big price in today’s late game.
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