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Belgium and Egypt Continue Their World Cup Preparations in Brussels
Belgium welcome Egypt to Brussels this week for a friendly international, as both teams continue to prepare for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Belgium will face Panama, Tunisia and England in the group stages of the tournament, and are strongly fancied to reach at least the semi-finals, given the talent in their squad. Some of the best players in the world are in the Belgium squad, with there being plenty of representation from Premier League and Scottish clubs.
Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany from Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata will all be very familiar names to fans of British football. A whole host of other top European clubs are represented in their squad too, which is packed with talent. Many pundits have been tipping Belgium to do very well in Russia. Managed by former Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez, who is assisted by former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry, Belgium certainly possess the quality to go a long way in Russia.
Egypt Hoping Salah Will be Fit
Egypt, for their part, will face Uruguay, the hosts Russia, and Saudi Arabia in their group games. Their star player, Liverpool forward Mo Salah, has been included in the World Cup squad, despite his suffering a fairly serious shoulder injury when playing for the Reds in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. Anyone looking for Belgium vs Egypt betting tips for this week should probably not expect to see him in the team in Brussels. He is expected to play some part at the tournament this summer, though, with his recovery predicted to take between three and four weeks. That could see him feature in the game against Saudi Arabia.
All You Need To Know
Belgium Need to Improve
Belgium’s last game was a 0-0 draw last weekend against Portugal in Brussels. The performance from the Belgians in the game was certainly not one of their best, something which should be noted if you are trying to make an accurate Belgium vs Egypt prediction. That game was only the fourth time since Roberto Martinez was appointed as manager of Belgium in August 2016 that the Red Devils had faced a team ranked in FIFA’s top 40. They have lost one and drawn three of those games, something which does not bode well for the World Cup.
This week’s opponents are currently ranked 46 in the world, if you are looking for Belgium vs Egypt betting tips. That game also saw Vincent Kompany pick up a groin injury. He has been included in the squad for the World Cup, though.
Pharaohs Looking to Find Form
If you’re looking to make an accurate Belgium vs Egypt prediction, then it is worth noting that Hector Cuper’s Pharaohs team have not got a good recent record against European sides. In March, they played two friendlies, both in Switzerland, against Portugal and Greece. They lost 2-1 to the Portuguese and 1-0 to Greece.
Last Friday, Cuper’s team played the first of three friendlies that they have scheduled in the lead-up to the World Cup, drawing 0-0 with Colombia in Bergamo, Italy. With star player Mo Salah battling a shoulder injury, and unlikely to play in the opening games of the World Cup, Cuper will want other attacking players to show him what they can do.
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Suspensions & Injuries
- Vincent Kompany is a doubt for Belgium for this game with a groin injury
- Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been left out of the World Cup squad.
- Real Sociedad's former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is in the squad.
- Mohamed Salah has a shoulder injury. He has been named in Egypt’s World Cup squad, though.
- Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is still recovering from an ankle injury.
- Abdallah El-Said is unlikely to play against Belgium as he has a tight hamstring.
Head To Head - Belgium vs Egypt prediction
If you’re looking for some Belgium vs Egypt tips then it is probably best not to expect too much drama in Brussels this week. Both managers will be looking at possible combinations, and trying things out ahead of the serious business beginning in Russia later this month. A key thing for both Cuper and Martinez will be to avoid any more injuries, whilst also making sure that players have had sufficient game time ahead of the tournament.
The Belgium vs Egypt prediction is therefore that the game will end in a low-scoring draw, with 1-1 looking a likely outcome. Martinez will want to see signs of progress from the draw with Portugal, while Cuper will want his team to achieve a positive result against a European side.
5 Facts For Your Next Bet
- WINS : Egypt have played twice before against Belgium, winning both times.
- WORLD CUP : Egypt will face Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia at the World Cup.
- BROTHERS : Brothers Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach) are in the Belgium squad.
- KEEPERS : Two of Belgium’s three World Cup squad goalies play for Premier League clubs: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
- SALAH : Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored 43 goals in all competitive games for Liverpool in 2017/18
Our Betting Tips For Today
Back Both Teams to Score at Betway
For our first tip for this game, we have chosen backing both teams to score at odds of 11/10 at Betway. Belgium have not been in the best form recently, as shown by their draw with Portugal last week, and could find it tricky to against the Pharaohs, who possess plenty of quality of their own. If you’re looking for Belgium vs Egypt prediction tips, it is also worth noting that Belgium are playing at home in Brussels, and will want to put on a show for their own fans before the squad departs for Russia.
But friendly internationals are rarely great games, and both sets of coaching staff are likely to want to experiment at times during the match. Both teams have enough attacking quality to score at least once. The nature of friendly matches suggests that there is unlikely to be a festival of goal scoring in Brussels on Thursday evening, though. We have predicted a 1-1 result for the game, so backing both teams to score seems to be a sensible bet, with good chances of success.
Low Scoring Draw Looks Likely Result
We have predicted that the game will end in a 1-1 draw, so we think that backing this outcome at odds of 8/1 at Coral is a very good idea. Odds on the correct scoreline markets always seem to offer good value, and 8/1 looks to be a very tempting price indeed, if you’re looking for betting tips. Belgium vs Egypt is unlikely to be a thriller this week, with both coaches looking to shape their teams ahead of more serious work in Russia. If the game follows the typical pattern of a pre-World Cup friendly, we may see a lively first half, and then the pattern and quality of the game will dissipate as the coaches make substitutions.
But there is plenty of talent on show, with Belgium in particular having their choice of some of the top players from leagues across Europe. Egypt have enough quality of their own to score at least once too. Odds of 8/1 on a 1-1 result look too good to turn down.
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