Russian players are eager to see the Egyptian team tonight in the first game of the second round of the group stage what can be the crutial game for both teams.
Russia: The host comes to this match in a great mood after great performance against Saudi Arabia. Althought the Russian team looked unorganized in preparation games, with Ignasevic and Kutepov in the back line, there seems to be no slower defense on the championship but they didnt have big problems against Saudi Arabia, but Egypt is not Saudi Arabia and Russians will need to be very carefull in this game. If, however, Cherchesov takes the last line with the three players, Rubin's Fedor Kudryashov could get through the required speed, which seems to be a logical move.
Before this game Russians got another problem. Dzagoev was forced to leave the field in the 24th minute due to injury. Dzagoev, who is considered one of the hosts' key players, is back in the training process next Monday, and will have to miss matches with Egypt and Uruguay, but will be ready for 1/8 finals if Russia goes through group phase. On this occasion, Dzagoev said: "I have no good news. I hope that I will still have the opportunity to play at World Cup and that my team will be in knockout phase, and that I will be ready to help them. "
Good thing for Russians is that Denis Cheryshev who was a substitute for Dzagoev scored two goals against Saudi Arabia and showed what he is capable of.
Key player: In the absence of Alan Dzagoev their key player will be Aleksandr Golovin and he will be the creator of their game.
Injuries: Alan Dzagoev (Thigh Injury)
Predicted lineup (4-1-4-1 or 3-5-1-1) : Akinfeev, Zhirkov, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Smolinkov (Fernandes), Zobnin, Golovin, Cheryshev , Gazinsky (Kudryashov), Samedov, Smolov
Egypt: After heartbreaking loss against Uruguay this is must win game for Egypt. They played solid against Uruguay but in the end they couldn't endure Uruguay attacks. Grear thing for them is return of their star player Mohamed Salah.
Salah will be ready for clash against Russia and he should be thier hope for good result tonight. What was the constant in all matches for Egypt was a solid defense, but the problems occurred when they wanted to attack because the team usually relies on the quality of Salah, or the fact that opponents leave a lot of space when defending this great player. Last game they didnt have Salah so they werent threat for the Uruguays goal. Problem for Egypt tonight will be that Russians wont attack like they did against Saudi Arabia because Egypt needs a win. That will leave a lot of space for counterattack and Egypt centralbacks are not very fast especially Hegazy.
Injuries: Tarek Hamed (hip injury)
Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1) : El Shenawy, Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdel-Shafi, Elneny, Morsy, Salah, El Said, Sobhi (Varda), Mohsen
Summary: When can except much more defensive game from Russians and to let egypt dominate the ball possession and create their own chances. Problem for Egypt is that they are not good in that and that is not the gameplan they like to play. We can except a lot attack from Egypt to go from wings because that is their main weapon. Salah and Trezeguet will be constant threat for Russian defence. One goal can change whole game here but Russian will definetly face much tougher opponent then they did face in first game.