The last round of group stage games kick-start with Saudi Arabia taking on Egypt in a must-win a game at the Volgograd Arena on 25th June. It well might be the occasion for Egypt to get their round of 16 spots confirmed finally. With the form Mohammad Salah has displayed this season, Saudi Arabia looks too timid an opposition to stop him. Their third most capped player, Essam Al Hadary, is at the fag end of his career and a knockout stage finish will be nothing less than a dream farewell gift for him. Saudi Arabia to boasts of a strong side but their sloppy performances against big sides do give Egypt the edge. There are only a handful of players with some European experience behind them in Saudi Arabia’s roster. It won’t be wrong to term this one a do-or-die game as the side losing will 200% be facing the exit doors of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia qualified for this world cup after having failed to secure a place in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments, thus, they would be keen to score a win on the global platform and the match against Egypt might just be their best shot at it. Their rivals also would be having similar ideas. Despite being one of the mightiest football teams in the region, Egypt has not yet won even a single match on the World Cup platform and they are unlikely to get a chance any better than this match. Therefore, one thing is assured that this is going to be a tremendously fought contest which both teams would like to win. You can check below the information related to match’s live-stream and broadcast.
A game with so much at stake can never be complete without fans turning up in massive numbers to support their side. Who can forget the insane scenes a few months back when Egypt defeated Congo to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Imagine the celebrations on Egyptian streets if Egypt does manage to move a step up and reach the round of 16. Football is all about that passion, that desire to see your side succeed, and above all, that love for the beautiful game. To keep that love intact for all Mo Salah and Egypt fans, we’ve got everything about this could-be-historic game covered well before time to make sure no fan misses out on any action.
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Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Live Stream
beIN Sports’ website and the app will be crowded with football fans from the middle east craving to catch all the action between arguably their regions top two sides. Fans from both Saudi Arabia and Egypt will be able to enjoy all the action on their choice of a device via beIN Sports’ app and official website. A live stream channel will also be telecasting the game on FOX Sports for the American fans, on both BBC and ITV for the fans in UK, on Sony LIV for the fans in Asian Subcontinent, on Perviy Kanal for all the local Russian fans, on Canal+, Kwese Sports, and SuperSport for the core African countries, and on DirecTV for all the fans from Caribbean countries.
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All the live stream channels will go on air 10-30 minutes before the kick-off. Fans who don’t have access to any official link can efficiently use VPN gateways and get enjoy the match on any channel from any country without much fuss. The likes of fuboTV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are giving rise to Sticky Bundles as the perfect solution for all cable problems that make watching the match difficult for all football fans.
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The second-last game of Group A between Saudi Arabia and Egypt will be played at the Volgograd Arena on 25th June 2018. The match will kick-off at 15:00 local time with two more games lined up after it. It will also be the third of four games scheduled to be played at this venue. The stadium is in the final stages of construction and will be open well before time for the World Cup. It has been designed to seat a maximum of well over 45,000 people and will host the home games for FC Rotor Volgograd post the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Teams: Saudi Arabia vs Egypt
When: June 25, 2018
Where: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (Russia)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup
Start Time: 7.30 PM IST and 17:00 (UTC/GMT+3, local time)
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Beyond all doubts, both sides will put in their best efforts to come out on top as winners at the end of the day. While Mohammad Salah will act as the nucleus for Egypt, their other players will have to step up too and make Salah’s presence up front more effective. A lot will depend on Saudi Arabia’s experienced defence lineup, who will be having the task of containing the top scorer of Europe this season. Egypt is in that transition phase moving in from qualified seniors to talented youngsters, while Saudi Arabia is just a step behind, confident with their experienced players. Here is how these two sides may look like for their final group stage game.
Saudi Arabia Playing XI
Abdullah (GK); Al-Harbi, Hawsawi, Hasan Muath, Omar Hawsawi; Al-Shehri, Ghaleb, Al-Fraidi; Al-Shamrani, Al-Sahlawi, Assiri
Egypt Playing XI
El Hadary (GK); Ahmed Fathy, El Mohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber; Elneny, Abdallah Said, Shikabala, Morsy; Salah, Kouka
Matches Played: 03
Saudi Arabia: 01
Last Match: Egypt 2-1 Saudi Arabia, 25-11-2007
All eyes will be glued to beIN Sports as it will be broadcasting the game in both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, along with all other Middle East and Northern African countries along with France. The match will also be telecasted on Sony ESPN in the neighbouring Asian Subcontinent, on FOX Sports in America, on BBC and ITV in the UK, on Sky in the Oceania countries, on DirecTV in the Caribbean countries, on SuperSport, Canal+, and Kwese Sports in the Sub-Saharan Africa, and on Optus Sport in Australia. The broadcast will commence two hours before the kick-off with a preview show covering all three games of 25th June.
Given the contrasting difference between the two sides, it won’t be too difficult to hand Egypt the edge over their neighbouring opponents. Yes, Saudi Arabia will have all the chances to turn it around, if and only if they manage to somehow contain Mohammad Salah. With most of World’s defences unable to do that, the chances for Saudi Arabia’s defence too look sleek. Our final prediction reads a full-time score of Egypt 2-1 Saudi Arabia.