Russia vs Egypt
Russia has chance to secure today place into R16. IMO it will be so.
Everyone who underestimated Russian team had chance to see in the opening round they are not too bad, what more, it's the opposite. But also everyone who thinks after 5:0 that Russia will go far on this competition, probably are wrong. IMO the truth is somewhere in the middle. Russia is far better from opinions of many, but they are not some powerhouse. They are just one more than decent squad but with home crowd behind them.
Also note they had some injuries and could be with stronger squad if that wasn't the case. Plus now even on the tournament itself, Russia had one important injury in the first game. But who knows why that was good cause the guy who came as a substitute, scored twice.
Egypt on the other side was pretty big disappointment in the first game. But on the other hand, what you could expect when they were without its best player, Mo Salah. At the end they were even unlucky to lose cause Uruguay scored late in the match for 1:0 win. But honestly, it should be 3 to 4 for Uruguay till then. Suarez and Cavani missed 4 to 5 100% goal chances.
Egypt now need win here to stay alive. Even if they take one point, they will be eliminated cause their max then would be 4 pts and that is not enough, goal difference would be on Russian side due to 5:0 vs Saudi Arabia. Not to talk that in final round Russia and Uruguay could comfortable play draw in mutual game if that suit for both teams.
So Egypt must go for a win today but IMO they won't go attacking at all cost from the very first minute. I see such scenario only later in the game.
Russia in the same time could be relaxed, they are satisfied with initial 0:0 and no way they will rush anything. So, to me this smells all over on the draw first half, what more on the scoreless first half.
If I would need to choose winner market full-time, it's Russia who will punish Egypt later in the game when African team start risking too much.
It should me mentioned also Salah factor. They say how Salah will play. But how helpful he is? Probably not much cause he missed preparation period and still has not recovered fully. After all, head coach said even before Uruguay game how Salah will play but he didn't. We will see today but IMO Salah in this condition is not important factor.
This will be boring first half and probably Russian win with one second half goal.
Russia vs Egypt prediction
|Draw first half||Pinnacle||2.06||6||0-0 WON (+6.36 units)|