The curtain will come down on the respective World Cup campaigns of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia when they meet on Monday afternoon.
The Pharaohs suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in their opening group game before being beaten 3-1 by Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia lost 5-0 to Russia in World Cup 2018’s opening fixture and, while some pride was restored against Uruguay, a 1-0 defeat against the South American side sealed their fate.
Egypt are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with William Hill to conclude their campaign with a win, which would represent a first World Cup finals victory for the Pharaohs after failing to win any of their previous six in the competition.
Saudi Arabia have gone 12 World Cup finals fixtures without a success and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team are chalked up as a 17/5 (4.40) chance to sign off in style with victory in Volgograd.
The draw is chalked up as a 12/5 (3.40) chance with the same firm ahead of Monday’s match.
Hector Cuper could name 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in his starting line-up, who would become the oldest man ever to have played in the World Cup.
Egypt’s talisman Mohamed Salah did not look fully fit against Russia but the Liverpool star may still play a part in his country’s final fixture on Russian soil this summer.
Pizzi made four changes for the match against Uruguay after their opening day disaster against Russia and he may be tempted to shuffle his pack once again, with nothing more than pride left to play for.
Shot-shy Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia have failed to score in seven of their last eight World Cup finals matches and William Hill go 13/10 (2.30) that Pizzi’s players draw yet another blank on this occasion.
Egypt are available at 19/10 (2.90) to win to nil with William Hill.
With both sides already guaranteed to go out of the competition, this match may well lack intensity and it would be no real surprise to see a tight tussle.
Saudi Arabia have offered little real threat in their opening two Group A matches and the 13/10 (2.30) quote for Cuper’s charges to keep a clean sheet could represent good value for punters ahead of Monday’s match.
Egypt to keep a clean sheet at 13/10 (2.30) for a 2pt stake with William Hill