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Saudi Arabia and Egypt will both try to claim their only win in the tournament at the Volgograd Arena.


Saudi Arabia v Egypt – Monday 25th June, 15:00, ITV

This is sure to bring in the fewest viewers of any of the 64 matches as not only are the teams involved competing in a dead rubber to avoid finishing bottom of Group A but the other game in the pool starting at the same time is a mouth-watering battle between the hosts and some of the world’s superstars with the huge prize of winning the group and avoiding most of the tournament favourites in the knockout stage.

Though Egypt are fancied in the market there’s been little to suggest they’ll be able to break the Saudis down. Bar a comical error early on to let in Luis Suarez, the Saudis were fantastic at the back against the mighty Uruguay. They offered very little going forward, though, and you’d think if they are to get anything here then it’ll be just a point.

Egypt have won just two of their last seven games against Asian opposition and six of the matches have had Under 2.5 Goals. In a similar fashion, nine of Saudi Arabia’s last 12 against African opposition have had Under 2.5 Goals (four 0-0s) as they’ve failed to net on seven occasions.

We like both the draw and Under 2.5 Goals in this most underwhelming of World Cup fixtures, so it pays to have a little on both.


Under 2.5 Goals at 10/13

Draw 13/5

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