Host Russia after a fiery start of their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, is looking forward to past the group stages by taking on Egypt at St. Petersburg Stadium on June 19, Monday.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper’s decision not to risk Salah in the first match against Uruguay backfired, as they conceded a goal in the 89th minute of the game.
It’s a must-win encounter for the Egyptians to seal their spot in last 16.
Salah’s availability will be a big concern for the Russians. So, all eyes will be on Mohamed Salah’s fitness and availability for the match as he missed the opening fixture due to the fact that he is still recovering from the shoulder injury that he got during the Champions League final.
Expected Russia XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Kuzyaev, Cheryshev, Golovin; Dzyuba
Expected Egypt XI: El-Shenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, El-Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen