Egypt play Uruguay in their opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday, concluding the first set of fixtures for Group A.

Uruguay, boasting the quality of Barcelona forward Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain‘s all-time top scorer, will be heavy favourites to qualify from this group.

That would make a point could be very valuable for the Egyptians who are waiting for positive news on the fitness of talisman Mohamed Salah following the shoulder injury he suffered in Liverpool‘s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Egypt side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

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