By: Matt Lisoski
The World Cup starts in exactly one week, so until then I will be doing previews of the groups and what I expect out of some of the big nations in this tournament. Before I get into any predictions, for those who do not know, the countries that make up Group A are Egypt, Russia, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia. Group A has two storylines that are worth following. The first is the home nation, Russia, is in this group. I think it will be fun to see if Russia can make any type of run with the backing of the whole country. The second storyline is Egypt, but more importantly, Mo Salah. Everyone will have their eyes on Mo Salah to see if he can carry his country to glory. Not to mention, that this tournament also has huge implications on his Ballon D’or hopes.
Enough about storylines, let’s get into the predictions.
The winner of this group is going to be Uruguay because of the type of firepower they have and the lack of quality of teams in this group. Luis Saurez and Edison Cavani are going to run circles around the defenses in this group and I think that will be more than enough to get them to the top of this group. The question of who gets the second spot is a little tougher, however I will eliminate one team and that is Saudi Arabia. This leaves us with Russia and Egypt and the two storylines I mentioned before. Will it be the home nation making their way into the knockout stage or the Egyptian King bringing his whole country glory and strengthening his case for the Ballon D’or? I am sorry for any Russia fans out there that care about my opinion (most likely zero), but I am going to pick Egypt to come in second behind the magic of Mo Salah. In just about every group there is a crucial game and that will be between Russia and Egypt, and in that game Mo Salah is going to break the hearts of every Russian in that stadium and in the country. Since I think Egypt will come in second, Russia will finish third and Saudi Arabia will finish fourth to round out Group A. Although this group does not have the big name countries like Germany, Spain and Argentina, do not sleep on what this group means to Russia and Mo Salah.
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