Key player (Egypt)
Getting the ball to Salah and hoping for him to weave his magic will be Egypt’s only tactic. Salah generally starts on the right, but he could be brought inside if Cuper feels he could be marginalised. A free central role, devoid of any defensive responsibility, can allow him to roam and drift into pockets of space more easily. It is likely that Salah may not be risked against Uruguay in the opener. But against Russia and Saudi Arabia, he will be raring to go.