The World Cup in Russia is fast approaching – it kicks off on 14th June in Moscow when the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia.
Here we will be focussing on Russia’s World Cup Group A, which is also home to Egypt and Uruguay. With the latest betting odds, tips and predictions, we hope to give you the insight you need to make some money betting on Group A at the World Cup.
While the glamour matches are reserved for some of the other groups, this is still an intriguing foursome and nothing is a foregone conclusion. While Uruguay are the clear favourites, any of the other three could sneak through to the knockout stages in their wake… but which side will it be?
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Group A World Cup Betting Tip
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Group A Preview, Analysis and Odds
On the current FIFA world rankings, Uruguay are the 17th best side in the world, Egypt 46th, Russia 66th and Saudi Arabia 70th. While the rankings are partially reflected by the Group A Winner betting odds, with Uruguay priced as the even money favourite to finish top, they are not perfectly aligned.
Russia are the second favourites to finish at the top of the group at odds of 6/4 with Bet365, and clearly home advantage could play a major role for the hosts in the tournament. Egypt are next at 11/2 while the Saudis are the big outsiders for glory at 40/1.
Egypt will be playing in their first World Cup in 28 years (Italia ’90) and with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah firing on all cylinders for his club, we fancy they could make an impact in Russia – quite possibly at the hosts’ expense! Managed by former Inter and Valencia boss Hector Cuper, Egypt have a few players who are capable of performing well in Russia. Aside from the obvious, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, they have Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El Neny, Stoke’s Ramadan Sobhi and Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady. All seasoned pros who won’t be fazed by the big match atmosphere.
Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay (1930 and 1950) will be keen to go far in this year’s competition. They finished fourth in South Africa in 2010 but only made it to the round of 16 in Brazil last time. Still they are far and away the best side in Group A and we predict they’ll not only top the group but that they’ll win all three matches.
It is Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russian side who we think will give us the biggest shock in the group… by not qualifying. Despite being hyped at home, they are really not a great side. They have lost to Brazil (3-0), France (3-1), Mexico (2-1) and Portugal (1-0) in recent games, and though they are clearly tough matches, we think the expectation of the home crowd might not serve to inspire the team. Rather we can see them struggling to live up to the hype and a slip up in their opener could prove crucial. We certainly think Egypt have a very good chance of beating them.
As such our prediction for the way Group A will finish is for Uruguay to win it, Egypt to sneak into second spot, Russia to end up in a disappointing third place and Saudi Arabia to get the wooden spoon.
Key Fixtures in Group A
- Russia v Saudi Arabia – 14th June – The opening match will be massive for the hosts. Saudi Arabia are no pushovers and the pressure to perform might well get to Russia, who haven’t played competitive football for a long time now.
- Egypt v Uruguay – 15th June – Egypt will be a tricky opponent for all the others in the group and Uruguay will do well to take them seriously. If the South Americans win this one we think they’ll top the group.
- Russia v Egypt – 19th June – We think Egypt could pull off a shock here and get the better of the hosts, condemning them to the unenviable position of requiring points from their last game to qualify.
- Uruguay v Russia – 25th June – Here is where Uruguay can put the death knell in Russia’s coffin… for the sake of the tournament we kinda hope Russia make it through, but if not, this will be where it ends.