The first leg between the highly anticipated Ghana and Egypt playoff is the first World Cup qualifier on Tuesday with a 12pm EDT kickoff and should be a highly entertaining game.It's a shame that one of these quality African sides will have to miss out on Brazil next year but that is the cruelty of the draw.
Ghana is aiming to get ahead in this first leg and, after rolling through Group D with a 5-1-0 (W-L-T) record and a +15 goal difference, it looks real good so far. The Black Stars also beat the Egyptians 3-0 in a friendly back in January, and as a result William Hill has them favoured to win at 1.80.
Take a look at Asamoah Gyan to score for the Black Stars at 2.00 and 5.50 to score first. He has four goals in qualifying so far and is their top striking threat.
Despite losing that aforementioned friendly earlier this year, I still like Egypt to take a draw from the game, which can be taken at 3.25. The reason is that the Pharoahs under American coach Bob Bradley have been very strong throughout qualifying. They went a perfect 6-0-0 in the last round and have scored at least three goals in four of their last five.
A win for Egypt is at 4.50 and is not far-fetched by any means, though I still prefer the draw.
One bright spot for Egypt has been Mohamed Salah, who leads African qualifying with six goals on the campaign. At only 21 years of age, the FC Basel forward already has 17 goals in 24 appearances for the national side. He can be taken at 3.25 to score at any point in the match.
I also very much like the both teams to score pick at 2.20. African qualifiers are the lowest scoring of any confederation, but these two squads are regional offensive powerhouses and with Ghana missing two key defenders it could be a prime opportunity for Salah to add to his total.