Egypt will lose to Uruguay, won’t make it out of their group, predicts Lawrenson
Former Liverpool defender and current BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson expects Uruguay to beat Egypt by just a one-goal margin on Friday.
The Pharaohs will face Uruguay in their World Cup opener on Friday, one day after hosts Russia’s clash with Saudi Arabia.
The South American side is expected to top their group, and Lawrenson believes that it will be hard for Egypt to advance to the round of 16, predicting hosts Russia to finish behind Uruguay.
“There are still questions over Salah, though, firstly about his general fitness and also over his injury,” Lawrenson told BBC.
“Even if Salah is at his best, it is going to be hard for Egypt to get out of this group, in their first World Cup since 1990.
“Uruguay have lots of big-game experience and they will be looking to Luis Suarez to provide some star quality to go with it,” he added.
Despite his claims, Lawrenson thinks that Egypt won’t be an easy challenge for Uruguay, predicting a narrow 1-0 win to the two-time world champions.
Meanwhile, hosts Russia will beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 as the Irishman believes that the home advantage will see them win the game as well as help them qualify from the group.
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