The Daily Acca: Egypt to struggle without Salah

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mo Salah
Salah faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup
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There are three more international friendlies for Paul Robinson tonight and he is predicting goals between France and Italy. Here are his selections:

- Back The Draw in Tunisia v Turkey @ 2/1
- Back BTTS in France v Italy @ 1/1
- Back Under 2.5 Goals in Egypt v Colombia @ 8/15

The Acca pays approximately 8/1

England's opponents to hold Turkey

Bet 1: Back The Draw in Tunisia v Turkey @ 2/1 - KO 19:15 BST

Tunisia continue their warm-up for the World Cup with a friendly against Turkey in Geneva this evening and the draw feels like a touch of value.

Nabil Maâloul's side topped their final group in African Qualifying - going undefeated in six matches against Congo DR, Libya and Guinea. They actually haven't lost any of their last eight fixtures, and they drew 2-2 with Portugal on Monday.

Turkey won't be in Russia this summer as they could only finish in fourth place, behind Iceland, Croatia and Ukraine. They managed to beat Iran by two goals to one earlier this week, but their form isn't great and it's just two wins from their last seven. It is worth noting however that they are unbeaten in three.


Mancini's Italy to get on the scoresheet in Nice

Bet 2: Back BTTS in France v Italy @ 1/1 - KO 20:00 BST

The Roberto Mancini era of the Italian national side began with a win over Saudi Arabia on Monday, with the recalled, Mario Balotelli, scoring the opener.

'Super Mario' revitalised his career on this ground, as he's excelled in his last two seasons at Nice, and he will no doubt be well up for this fixture against the French.

France are preparing their assault to win their first World Cup since 1998, and they eased to a 2-0 victory over Ireland this week. They are a very strong team and could go far in Russia, but I can't see them keeping a clean sheet tonight against a hungry, Italy.


No Salah, No Goals

Bet 3: Back Under 2.5 Goals in Egypt v Colombia @ 8/15 - KO 20:15 BST

Egypt have been in the news much more than usual in the build-up to this World Cup and that's down to one man - Mohamed Salah. As we all know, the Liverpool forward suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final and he is now a huge doubt for their opening group game against Uruguay.

Clearly he is the focal point of everything that the Egyptians do and without him in the team, it's difficult to see them scoring many goals. Regardless of that, nine of their last 12 outings have ended with under 2.5 backers collecting anyway.

The Colombians drew 0-0 with Australia when they were last in action, but this game marks the beginning of their proper World Cup warm-up. They are potential dark horses for the tournament this summer, but they need to improve on their qualifying performance that saw them average only slightly over one goal per game.

A total of 11 of their 18 saw this selection land, and even though they are the favourites to win this match, I can't see them thrashing Egypt.

2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 238pts
Returned: 206.13pts
P/L: -31.87pts

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