The Pharaohs need to go into the match with all guns blazing after a heavy first-leg defeat, so Al Hain-Cole is anticipating plenty of action in CairoEgypt have a mountain to climb when they welcome Ghana to the 30 June Air Defence Stadium for the second leg of their World Cup play-off on Tuesday.
The Pharaohs suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat in last month’s away leg, and BetVictor are offering odds of 6/5 (2.20) on them restoring some pride with victory in front of their own fans.
The hosts have won 12 and drawn one of their last 13 World Cup qualifiers on home turf, but you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on Akwasi Appiah’s men becoming the first away side in nine years to come out on top.
The pair shared a 2-2 draw the last time they met in Cairo, and there are odds of 5/2 (3.50) available on them cancelling each other out once again four years on.
The thrashing in Kumasi came as a major shock to Bob Bradley’s side, who had finished top of their qualifying group with six wins from six, scoring 16 goals in the process.
While few are expecting the hosts to mount a serious comeback from such a hefty deficit on Tuesday, the attacking line-up put out for Wednesday’s 2-0 warm-up win over Zambia suggests they are preparing to throw everything they have at the guests.
Having remained on the bench throughout in the away leg, strikers Amir Zaki and Gedo were both on display in the recent friendly alongside Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Aboutrika, who have an unrivalled 12 goals between them in qualifying so far.
With so much attacking talent for Egypt, a high-scoring match seems inevitable against a Black Stars side who have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine matches, while hitting two goals a game over that period.
A bet on over 2.5 goals would have paid out in three of the last four meetings between the sides, as well as 10 of their combined 14 qualifying matches this campaign, so seems to be where the smart money lies at evens (2.00) this time out.
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