There are three games in the World Cup to enjoy Friday, starting with the second game in Group A – Egypt versus Uruguay.
After Russia’s impressive win in the opener yesterday, both sides will appreciate the need for victory today.
Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah looks likely to start, but whether he will be 100% fit after his shoulder injury in the Champions League final is open to debate.
We think even if he is Uruguay should start as strong favourites based on their impressive strike force of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Suarez is never far from the headlines, and we’ll take him to start with a bang and at least two goals.
The second game sees the start of Group B’s fixtures, with Morocco playing Iran.
These two sides are expected to be the two makeweights in this group, and both are known for their pragmatic, almost defensive styles of playing. Don’t expect many goals, but we’ll take the Africans to edge this encounter. With that in mind, we’ll take a punt on Ajax star Hakim Ziyech to score at anytime.
The day’s final game is probably the highlight of the first round of group games – Spain versus Portugal.
We had already stated our view about the Spanish before the shock departure of their head coach (see here).
While this news may have disrupted the Spanish camp, it could also act as a galvanising force. We still think they will be too strong for the Portuguese, and look for Manchester City’s midfield general David Silva to play a more advanced role, enabling him to be a goal threat.
Egypt/Uruguay: Suarez to score at least two goals, 1 pt, at 13/2, Paddy Power
Morocco/Iran: Ziyech to score anytime, 1 pt, at 3/1, Betfair Sportsbook
Spain/Portugal: Silva to score anytime, 1 pt, at 3/1, Unibet
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