Pharaohs have a hidden treasure
It’s not often casual football fans would take any sort of interest in the chances of Egypt at the World Cup but the form of Mohamad Salah this season means they’ve just become very interesting indeed. The striker has been a sensation since joining up with Liverpool, scoring important goals as The Reds blazed a trail of glory in both the Premier League and Champions League.
There’s reason to believe he’ll carry that confidence into Russia 2018 but he can’t do it all himself and will need the backing of his teammates if they are to make any kind of impression. The Pharaohs are 200/1 at Sportingbet to lift the trophy with odds compilers expecting them to crash out after three games – groups 8/15 favourite at the stage of elimination.
Sharing Group A with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay they look to have half a chance but the men below will have to perform to the best of their abilities from the off…..
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Salah star of the show
There’s nowhere else we could start but with Liverpool scorer Mo Salah who has lit-up the Premier League this season and has European football talking. The 25-year-old helped his employers to a top-four finish, managing to hold onto fourth despite an incredible run in the Champions League. He netted 32 goals making him the division’s top scorer and there’s an attractive 40/1 at Coral on him winning the Golden Boot this summer.
That’ll attract plenty of attention from followers of British football but the 1/2 at Bet Victor on him banking more than any of his teammates looks one for your competition accumulators and we certainly wouldn’t put anyone off. Salah struck against Portugal in a 2-1 friendly defeat recently and for your stake you’ll be getting the most dangerous striker in world football at the minute.
The Arsenal man faces a race against the clock to be fit in time for the curtain raiser vs Uruguay on Friday 15th June – a match you can follow live on BBC from 1.00pm – but reports suggest he’s well on his way to a return to competitive action. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder suffered a painful season at Arsenal, damaging his ankle during a routine win over West Ham and Arsene Wenger told members of the press shortly after full-time the player would miss the rest of the season.
His recovery appears to be ahead of schedule however and that’s important news for Egypt and their chances of extending their stay in Russia beyond three games. They are certainly a stronger side with Elneny sharp and he’ll be given a seat on the plane and wrapped in cotton wool in the hope of getting back to somewhere near his peak in time. An important player at the other end of the park, he’ll be just as vital as Salah in any success.
The man tasked with linking Elneny and Salah. Said may not be quite as well known as the two already mentioned but he’s an ambitious sort and will be looking to prove his worth to European teams and perhaps join his colleagues in the Premier League. Spent last season on loan from Al Ahly to KuPS but failed to have the kind of impact he would’ve hoped for at the Finish club.
Said was the only playmaker named in Egypt’s preliminary squad and his style doesn’t seem to fit into the plans of manager Hector Cuper but they will need a spark of creativity in the middle of the park if they are to keep Salah interested and we expect Said to fill that roll and start against Uruguay. 14/1 to top score for his country.