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Preview: Egypt vs. Guinea
Published in FilGoal on 10 - 09 - 2013


EGYPT vs. GUINEA
Kickoff: 16.00 CLT
FIFA 2014 World Cup African qualifiers - Group G
Venue: Gouna Stadium, Hurghada
MATCH FACTS
-Egypt will be playing a competitive match in the coastal city of Hurghada for the first time ever.
-Should he feature on Tuesday, Mohamed Abou-Treika will be playing his 100th game for Egypt.
-Egypt's head-to-head record against Guinea is almost identical, with each team winning twice in six previous meetings, while the score is 14-15 in terms of goals.
-Mohamed Salah has either scored or assisted all of Egypt's last eight goals in the World Cup qualifiers.
-Striker Mohamed Yattara scored half of Guinea's last eight competitive goals.
-Salah is the top scorer of the World Cup qualifiers in Africa with five goals in as many games so far.
-Should they win the game, Egypt will be the only nation in the entire 2014 World Cup qualifiers to finish the group stage with a 100% record.

Dussuyer still feels the bitterness the dramatic Conakry defeat
QUOTES
Egypt assistant coach Diaa Al-Sayed
"First, we need to win this game so that we can improve our FIFA ranking and get a confidence boost ahead of the decisive final round.
"Maintaining our 100% record would be a strong message to our next opponents.
"We are not concerned which team we will face in the playoffs. If we want to reach the World Cup, we have to overcome any side."
Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer
"We still feel some bitterness after our defeat to Egypt (in injury time) in Conakry.
"We were poor defensively and eventually paid dearly, but hopefully we will get heart from it and cause the Egyptian team problems this time."
TEAM NEWS
Egypt have a long list of absentees for various reasons, including captain and key defender Wael Gomaa - who is on a yellow card.
Gomaa's Ahli mate Hossam Ashour will also be rested to avoid a second caution, while Mohamed Elneny has been ruled out after injuring his shoulder in training.
First-choice left-back Mohamed Abdul-Shafi controversially pulled out of the squad as Emad Meteb, Geddo and Hosni Abd-Rabou remain sidelined with long-term injuries.
As for Guinea, AC Milan defender Kevin Constant is set to make his first appearance in almost a year after deciding to end his ‘international boycott' to the Syli Nationale.


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