Saudi Arabia vs Egypt, Kick-off Time: 7:30 P.M. (IST)
Saudi Arabia will take Egypt on in their final match in the World Cup on Monday at the Volgograd Arena.
At times you have nothing left to play for but just for the matter of pride and honor. That’s exactly what Egypt and Saudi Arabia are competing against each other for in their upcoming match. Both the teams are winless and have certainly been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 23, 2018
They were unable to match the dominant performances delivered by Russia and Uruguay in their group stage. Both these teams will still hope to walk away from the tournament with at least one win as the upcoming match is their last shot.
Saudi Arabia faced a devastating match loss against hosts Russia on the day of opening and a close defeat to Uruguay in the second round. The squad will have to give their best in order to find a way to shut down Premier League star Salah if they hope to pull off a victory.
Mo Salah and the Pharaohs enter their last match after their 1-0 defeat against Uruguay and their 3-1 defeat to the hosts Russia. Salah will be determined to restore his honor by at least getting a win in their last match at Russia.
If either Saudi Arabia or Egypt lose this match, they would be the first team to lose all three matches at the group stage this 2018 tournament, and they will also be the first to lose the same at a World Cup since Honduras in 2014.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi has failed to horribly to make a mark in the World Cup. They have tried shifting tactics and formation but without any reward.
Egypt: With no new injury concerns, Mohamed Salah will look to guide his team to their first victory in this World Cup. He is backed by a solid supporting cast that includes Premier league duo Mohamed El Neny and Ahmed Hegazi.
Saudi Arabia: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi is Saudi’s best player and was one of the most prolific strikers in their qualifiers. Though he has failed to make a mark in this World Cup, The 31-year old will hope for redemption in their final World Cup match.
Egypt: Mohamed Salah has been the only player to score for Egypt this World Cup. The Liverpool forward is undoubtedly the best player on the Egyptian squad and his country need him to be in top form if they want to bow out of the World Cup with their heads held high.
Form – Last 5
Saudi Arabia: L | L | L | L | L
Egypt: L | L | L| L | D
Betting Odds – Sky Bet
Saudi Arabia 18/5
Saudi 1 – 2 Egypt: Both the teams have been in a terrible form which has led them to be shipped out of the World Cup in the group stage. Out of the two, Egypt seems to be the stronger side and will likely win with a close margin.
Where to watch?
TV Channels (India) – Sony Ten 3 and Sony Six – 7:30 P.M IST
In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.