Egypt World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

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The African country are playing just their third ever finals tournament and will be hoping Liverpool's Mohamed Salah can keep up his outstanding form

Very rarely has a single player had the weight of an entire country on his shoulders for a World Cup.

The likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo may spring to mind as examples, but with more skilled supporting casts, they are not in the same boat as Mohamed Salah.

After netting a stunning 44 times for Liverpool in his debut season - with still a Champions League final to come - Egypt will be pinning their hopes on him in Russia despite an injury in the Champions League final.

2018 World Cup Qualification

After an early scare against Chad in the second round of CAF qualifying, the Pharaohs largely eased through their group in the final round.

Wins over Congo and Ghana set them on their way, and although they were pegged back in Uganda, three wins in a row guaranteed their spot at the World Cup finals.

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Of course, Salah scored the goal that confirmed their place when he converted a 94th minute penalty at home to Congo - his fifth goal in qualifying.

World Cup History

This will be just Egypt's third tournament and their first since 1990 when they crashed out in the group stages.

In fact, the north African outfit have never tasted victory at the finals, with two draws and two losses to their name from their previous World Cups.

Abdulrahman Fawzi's brace against Hungary in 1934 means he is their top scorer, but that could be under threat this time around as Egypt face Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in Group A.

2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Sherif Ekramy Mohamed Abdel-Shafy Mahmoud Abdel Aziz Marwan Mohsen
Essam El-Hadary Ayman Ashraf Mohamed Elneny Mohamed Salah
Mohamed El-Shenawy Ahmed Elmohamedy Tarek Hamed  
  Ahmed Faty Mahmoud Kahraba  
  Omar Gaber Sam Morsy  
  Ali Gabr Abdallah Said  
  Mahmoud Hamdy Shikabala  
  Ahmed Hegazi Ramadan Sobhi  
    Mahmoud Trezeguet  
    Amr Warda  

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 150/1 (151.0)
To make the World Cup final 50/1 (51.0)
To win Group A 17/4 (5.25)
To qualify from Group A 5/4 (2.25)
To be the Top African team 5/2 (3.50)

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