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In a sentence: Egypt and Uruguay will begin their respective 2018 World Cup campaigns with a Group A clash on Friday afternoon.

Last time: Uruguay recorded a 2-0 win over Egypt when the two teams met in an international friendly back in August 2006.

This time: Egypt are 11/2 to collect all three points courtesy of bet365, with Uruguay at 4/7 and the draw available at 13/5.

You might remember: The clash in August 2006 is actually the only time that these two teams have locked horns. Diego Godin’s 67th-minute effort and an own goal from Abdelzaher El Saqqa proved to be the difference during that particular match.

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Egypt and Uruguay will begin their respective 2018 World Cup campaigns with a Group A clash on Friday afternoon. Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick Group A off on Thursday, before Egypt and Uruguay lock horns less than 24 hours later. Both managers will be desperate to avoid defeat in Ekaterinburg, but a point would not be the worst result in the world due to the open nature of the group. It will be just the second time that Egypt and Uruguay have locked horns in international football, and it will indeed be their first ever competitive fixture.

Egypt are 11/2 to start their tournament with all three points. The African nation have qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1990, and will be looking to progress past the group stage of this competition for the first time. Hector Cuper’s side will not exactly enter the match in the best of form, however, having gone six games without a win. They lost 3-0 to Belgium in their last friendly on 6 June, but did pick up a draw against Colombia earlier this month. Egypt will take on Uruguay and Russia in their first two fixtures before finishing their Group A campaign against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

Uruguay are 4/7 to start their campaign with a win. The South American nation impressively finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup, before making the round of 16 in Brazil in 2014. They were strong in their qualification campaign, meanwhile, finishing second to Brazil. Oscar Tabarez’s side actually gained three more points than Argentina during qualifying, which is certainly worth considering in the football predictions market. The two-time World Cup winners have also won their last three matches without conceding a single goal, and will certainly fancy their chances of making the knockout round of the competition once again.

The draw is 13/5 as part of the best football betting tips. As mentioned above in this World Cup preview, Friday’s clash will be just the second ever meeting between these two nations, and Uruguay won their only other clash 2-0. Both teams will certainly be nervy, and a draw would not be the worst result for either side, which is certainly worth considering in your World Cup predictions.

Mohamed Salah is 15/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Liverpool attacker can be backed at 57/17 in the anytime goalscorer market. The Egyptian might not start due to a shoulder problem, but could well come off the bench. As a result, the anytime goalscorer market price is definitely one to consider in this World Cup preview.

Luis Suarez is 3/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the Barcelona forward can be backed at 6/5 to register at any point during the 90 minutes. Suarez has 51 Uruguay goals to his name, and will fancy his chances of upsetting Egypt’s defence in this match.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

The first goalscorer market has a lot of interesting value in this match. Indeed, aside from the options mentioned above, Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is at 10/3 with bet365, while Egypt midfielder Abdallah Said is at 16/1.

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We fancy:

Today’s football prediction is Uruguay to win 1-0, which can be backed at 4/1 with Coral. Matches in the early stages of major tournaments tend to be tense, and we are not expecting too many goals in this Group A clash.

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It's a long shot, but...

Egypt’s last victory was a 2-1 success over Congo during qualification for the 2018 World Cup. A 2-1 Egypt win in this match can be backed as high as 25/1 with Betfair, which is worth considering in the football score predictions.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.