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Egypt v Spain betting tips: La Rojita can shine in Sapporo opener

| 16.07.2021

Egypt v Spain betting tips and odds

Olympic favourites Spain get their campaign under way on Thursday morning with a Group C match against Egypt.

Luis de la Fuente has a very strong squad at his disposal and his side are 2/9 to get off to a winning start in Sapporo.

The north Africans were refused permission to include some of their best players to compete in the 16-nation tournament so let’s take a look at the markets and the odds in our Egypt v Spain betting tips.

Match Odds

Spain have six members of their Euro 2020 squad in Japan and having reached the semi-finals they are understandably 7/4 favourites in the men’s Olympics odds to win the tournament.

Pedri, the Euro 2020 young player of the tournament, Eric Garcia, Dani Olmo, Pau Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal and Unai Simon are all included in a squad which also comprises Real Madrid duo Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio, plus Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino.

Liverpool denied Egypt’s request to include Mo Salah in their Olympics squad and the same occurred with Arsenal midfielder Mo Elneny and Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohamed, so in the absence of some of their best players they are 16/1 to win and 24/5 to draw their opening match.

Mo Salah, Liverpool

They did beat a strong Brazil under-23 team in November, however, but Spain are expected to field a strong team having started with Merino, Ceballos and Asensio in midfield for the recent friendly against Japana which ended in a 1-1 draw.

We go 4/5 on Spain to be ahead at half-time and full-time and 13/10 on them to be leading after half an hour.

La Rojita are also 15/8 to win by three goals or more, while a win to nil can be backed at 8/13.

We cannot ignore Egypt’s 2-1 victory over Brazil, though, and they are 33/1 to beat Spain and both teams to score, while goals at both ends is priced at 17/10.

However, all but one of the 22-man squad plays in Egypt, so we’re leaning towards a comfortable morning’s work for the Spaniards who can be backed at 19/20 to win and over 2.5 goals.

Talking Tactics

Barcelona teenager Pedri was one of the stand-out performers at the European Championship, starting all six games, so perhaps the 18-year-old midfielder may not get the nod for the opener having played so many matches.

Dani Olmo also had an exceptional Euros and he is expected to join Asensio in attack in support of Wolves striker Rafa Mir.

Former West Brom centre-back Ahmed Hegazi, now playing in Saudi Arabia, is likely to play in the heart of defence for the Pharaohs.

Match Info

Where: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan

When: 08:30, Thursday 22nd July

How to watch: BBC iPlayer/Red Button

View the latest Olympics odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner