Already confirmed not to have any chance in advancing into the knock out stage, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will be playing their final game for nothing else aside pride.
Arriving to Russia with the potential of being a dark horse, The Pharaohs might consider they’re experience as a quite disappointing one, that’s why grabbing all three points on their final match will be something they’re targeting.
Moreover, historically, Hector Cuper’s men themselves are yet to win any game in the World Cup, so grabbing one now can bright that bit of joy for their devoted fans.
Cuper might be trying out some players who haven’t been starting in previous two matches, though it remain to be seen on whether Mohamed Salah will get another game time, considering his fitness status.
Although the fans might still be keen on seeing the Liverpool star putting on a good performance in Russia, but his future health concern could also be considered.
As for Saudi themselves, they are also determined in getting positive result on their final match as they don’t want to finish last on their group stage.
However, some fitness issues also hovering around Saudi’s camp, forcing head coach, Juan Pizzi to make several changes that can effect his team’s performance.
Probable starting line up:
Egypt: Essam El-Hadary(g); Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Abdel Shafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah Said; Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen.
Saudi Arabia: Yasser Al-Mosailem(g); Ali Al-Bulaihi, Osama Howsawi, Mohammed Al-Breik, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Housain Al-Mogahwi, Salem Al-Dawsari, Hattan Bahebri; Muhannad Asiri