Few people would have been happy seeing Mo Salah succumbing to injury during the Champions League Final. Few that is, except for the 140 + million football mad Russians. With Mo Salah doubtful for the World Cup the host will no doubt be extremely hopeful of their chances to progress to the knockout stage.
I have predicted Uruguay to win this group and I stand by that prediction, which you can back on bet365. Who will join them in the knockout stages may have been slightly more difficult had Saturday night turned out differently.
Egypt without Salah is like a rudderless racing yacht trying to with the America’s Cup. Saudi Arabia has no real chance to qualify. I tip Russia to make it in to the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Besides the obvious benefits that comes with being the home team, Russia boasts a strong core of players. They have a world class goaler in Igor Akinfeev and a disciplined approach to the game. I believe that this will serve them well and ensure their fans still have something to cheer about come the end of the group stage.
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