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World Cup Group A Preview and Predictions - Essential guide to Group A

Gary Emmerson 4 Jun 2018
  • Russia headline Group A as hosts
  • Uruguay expected to join them in qualifying
  • Egypt and Saudi Arabia the other nations in the group
Russia midfielder Roman Zobnin

Hosts Russia headline Group A and will kick off the tournament when they take on Saudi Arabia, but who will emerge from the group stages and secure their place in the round of 16?

Russia have been given a relatively favourable draw and will be expected to qualify for the knockout stages in the tournament they are hosting.

Bookmakers expect Uruguay - runners-up in the South American qualification behind Brazil - to be the team battling with Russia for top spot in the group.

Egypt, who are the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up and have Mo Salah among the ranks, qualified as winners from Group E in African qualification and could be the surprise package in the group as they look to progress to the knockout stages for the first time.

Asian Group B runners-up Saudi Arabia have been beyond the group stages having reached the Round of 16 in 1994, but are not given much hope of qualifying this time around

Group A Odds

Winner: Uruguay $1.80, Russia $2.75, Egypt $5.50, Saudi Arabia $26.00

To Qualify: Uruguay $1.16, Russia $1.33, Egypt $2.25, Saudi Arabia $8.00


Group A Fixtures

Group A Squads

Russia World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersIgor AkinfeevCSKA Moscow
Vladimir GabulovClub Brugge
Andrey LunevZenit St Petersburg
DefendersVladimir GranatRubin Kazan
Fedor KudryashovRubin Kazan
Ilya KutepovSpartak Moscow
Andrey SemenovAkhmat Grozny
Sergei IgnashevichCSKA Moscow
Mario FernandesCSKA Moscow
Igor SmolnikovZenit St Petersburg
MidfieldersYuri GazinskiyKrasnodar
Alexsandr GolovinCSKA Moscow
Alan DzagoevCSKA Moscow
Aleksandr ErokhinZenit St Petersburg
Yuri ZhirkovZenit St Petersburg
Daler KuzyaevZenit St Petersburg
Roman ZobninSpartak Moscow
Alexsandr SamedovSpartak Moscow
Anton MiranchukLokomotiv Moscow
Denis CheryshevVillarreal
ForwardsArtem DzyubaArsenal Tula
Aleksey MiranchukLokomotiv Moscow
Fedor SmolovKrasnodar

Uruguay World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersFernando MusleraGalatasaray
Martin SilvaVasco da Gama
Martin CampanaIndependiente
DefendersDiego GodinAtletico Madrid
Jose Maria GimenezAtletico Madrid
Sebastian CoatesSporting Lisbon
Maximiliano PereiraPorto
Gaston SilvaIndependiente
Martin CaceresLazio
Guillermo VarelaPenarol
MidfieldersNahitan NandezBoca Juniors
Lucas TorreiraSampdoria
Matias VecinoInter Milan
Rodrigo BentancurJuventus
Carlos SanchezMonterrey
Giorgian De ArrascaetaCruzeiro
Diego LaxaltGenoa
Cristian RodriguezPenarol
Jonathan UrretaviscayaMonterrey
ForwardsCristhian StuaniGirona
Maximiliano GomezCelta Vigo
Edinson CavaniParis St Germain
Luis SuarezBarcelona

Egypt World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersEssam El HadaryAl Taawoun
Mohamed El-ShennawyAl Ahly
Sherif EkramyAl Ahly
DefendersAhmed FathiAl Ahly
Saad SamirAl Ahly
Ayman AshrafAl Ahly
Mahmoud HamdyZamalek
Mohamed Abdel-ShafyAl Fateh
Ahmed HegaziWest Bromwich Albion
Ali GabrZamalek
Ahmed ElmohamadyAston Villa
Omar GaberLos Angeles FC
MidfieldersTarek HamedZamalek
ShikabalaAl Raed
Abdallah SaidKuPS
Sam MorsyWigan Athletic
Mohamed ElnenyArsenal
Mahmoud KahrabaAl Ittihad
Ramadan SobhiStoke City
Mahmoud HassanKasimpasa
Amr WardaAtromitos Athens
ForwardsMarwan MohsenAl Ahly
Mohamed SalahLiverpool

Saudi Arabia World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersMohammed Al-OwaisAl-Ahli
Yasser Al-MosailemAl-Ahli
Abdullah Al-MayoufAl Hilal
DefendersMansoor Al-HarbiAl-Ahli
Yasser Al-ShahraniAl Hilal
Mohammed Al-BreikAl Hilal
Motaz HawsawiAl-Ahli
Osama HawsawiAl Hilal
Omar HawsawiAl Nassr
Ali Al-BulaihiAl Hilal
MidfieldersAbdullah Al-KhaibariAl Shabab
Abdulmalek Al-KhaibriAl Hilal
Abdullah OtayfAl Hilal
Taiseer Al-JassimAl Ahli
Houssain Al-MogahwiAl Ahli
Salman Al-FarajAl Hilal
Mohamed KannoAl Hilal
Hattan BahebriAl Shabab
Salem Al-DawsariVillarreal
Yehya Al-ShehriAl Nassr
ForwardsFahad Al-MuwalladLevante
Mohammad Al-SahlawiAl Nassr
Muhannad AssiriAl Ahli


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