Egypt comes into Group A with possibly a massive advantage as they approach Group A with a chance to move onto the final 16.
In Group E of the Africa region, Egypt ended up winning the group with 13 points beating out 2nd Uganda, 3rd Ghana and 4th Congo. They had a strong qualification scoring 6 goals. Salah alone scored 5 of them.
Head Coach/Manager: Hector Cuper, former Argentine center back with management experience from across the globe. His management style is more defensive, which doesn’t usually bode well with teams of less quality. It’s basically the opposite of Jurgen Klopp’s management style, so this Word Cup might be the test of Mo Salah’s true quality.
6/15 8 AM Uruguay
6/19 2 PM Russia
6/25 10 AM Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Salah: I mean you saw this coming right? The hottest player in the world having the season of a lifetime in his first year at Liverpool. He has proven impossible to stop to anyone and has been a menace with his skilled dribbling, speed, and a killer left foot. Salah has been a part of a massive team effort from his mates at the front 3 including Roberto Firmino (Brazil), and Sadio Mane (Senegal). Part of Liverpool’s successes and eventual run to the Champions League Final, also go to the purchase of Virgil van Dijk, who has provided great defensive organization, and you can point to the improvement of the young ones, like Trent Alexander-Arnold at RB and Andrew Robertson at LB. But the main piece of the puzzle, is Salah who has scored 43 goals in 50 appearances. This man is a lethal injection to any defense and a man to be feared at the World Cup.
Mohamed Elneny: Central midfielder who plays for Arsenal and is usually on the defensive side of the ball. He won’t score goals, but he’ll be a rock in front of the center backs. He’s not entirely to blame for Arsenal’s poor defensive record, that’s mostly on players like Xhaka and Mustafi. Elneny can usually hold is own and he will prove to be vital for Cuper’s system to work.
How Far Can They Go?
I see Egypt making the round of 16. Egypt doesn’t seem probable for a run deeper than the round of 16 but crazier things have happened, like Costa Rica in 2014. I expect them to at least beat Saudi Arabia and ether win or draw vs Russia and Uruguay. If you want a long shot underdog, then look no further.