Group A vs Group Dual Forecast
Beside Uruguay who seems to be by far the best team of this group, Russia as the host of the final tournament will definitely qualify from this Group A to the next stage (eight finals).
I hear all over how Russians are crap team, how they wouldn't be here at first place if they are not the host of the World Cup. And I can agree to some point Russia knew for much better days and much stronger squads. But that doesn't mean they are unable to qualify for R16, especially in this group I really don't see problem.
Firstly, Uruguay is serious opponent but Saudi Arabia, well they are definitely beatable opponent for this Russian squad, especially with home ground advantage for Russia. Egypt on the other side won't be so easy obstacle for Russia but we know Mohamed Salah picked up injury in the Champions League finals and since then was out. He probably will skip first game with Uruguay but will be ready (by his words and that's questionable IMO) later on. Even if he really recovers, how much he can help? That's really uncertain. Without Salah or with him but not on the required level, obviously we are talking about much weaker Egyptian team. Argentina for example would be still strong without Messi, Brazil without Neymar would still be super strong, Portugal won final match on EURO without Ronaldo but Egypt with or without Mo Salah, that's huge difference. That being said and with again mentioned home ground advantage, Russia IMO is already one step into R16.
When we are talking about home advantage, I surely think also on the referees who could be favoring Russians. Of course on this World Cup we have for the first time VAR technology for crucial situations but surely refs still can affect a lot by some small decisions like fauls somewhere in the middle of the field, cards etc. I have impression it's not in anyone's interes to host finish competition already in group stage.
With everything being said, IMO Russia & Uruguay to qualify from Group A is a banker bet. For those who are more brave, Uruguay 1st placed, Russia 2nd placed at odds 3.00 seems great too.
Group A vs Group Dual Forecast prediction
|Russia and Uruguay to qualify||Bet365||1.72||9|