World Cup 2018: Egypt vs. Uruguay group stage odds, expert picks, predictions

Day 2 of the 2018 World Cup kicks off when Uruguay meets Egypt in Group A action Friday at 8 a.m. ET. Both teams will be looking to start their 2018 World Cup campaign with a positive result. Uruguay is favored by one goal, unchanged from the opening line, and -165 on the money line, meaning you would have to wager $165 to win $100. The over-under, or total number of goals oddsmakers think will be scored, is two. Before you bet Uruguay vs. Egypt, you need to see what renowned European soccer expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote Soccermatics, the book that shows how math works inside the game. Together with experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

Sumpter's Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the two-and-a-half seasons since it was born, the Soccerbot is up 1,800 percent on bookmakers' closing odds. That's right -- 1,800 percent.

Now, he has set his sights on Friday's World Cup clash between Uruguay and Egypt and his picks are in.

We can tell you Sumpter is leaning towards the total going over, but what about betting the money line and against the spread?

He knows coach Hector Cuper said Egyptian star Mohamed Salah will play in the Group A opener. Salah, who scored 43 goals across all competitions for Liverpool this season, was injured against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. How effective he'll be and whether he'll start remain to be seen.

Egypt, which is making its first appearance at the World Cup since 1990, is still looking for its first World Cup victory.

They will have a tough task against Uruguay, a team that reached the 2010 World Cup semifinals, won the 2011 Copa America and has qualified for three consecutive World Cups.

Uruguay features an explosive attacking duo in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Cavani scored 10 goals in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the most of any player in CONMEBOL.

So does the Soccerbot project a victory for favored Uruguay, or will Egypt salvage a draw or even pull off the stunning upset? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Uruguay-Egypt you need to be all over, all from an expert whose model has made an incredible 1800 percent return on the bookmakers' closing odds, and find out.

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