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Free Soccer Picks: Egypt vs. Belarus Tips & Predicted Olympics Results 8/1/12

Egypt vs. Belarus Picks: Magical Belarus Olympics Run Comes To End: It has been a fantastic first round of Olympics soccer picks in Group C, but on Wednesday morning at Hampden Park, the tourney will come to a close for either Egypt or Belarus, as the two teams fight it out for a likely bid in the second stage of this competition.

A draw is almost certainly going to be good enough for Belarus, a team that has a great chance of doing something truly special for the sport in its nation. The one point would eliminate Egypt, and as long as New Zealand doesn’t end up taking all three points from Brazil in a match running concurrently, the small Russian satellite nation would be into the second round. For the Egyptians, this is a brutally important match. They are one of the most experienced nations in terms of getting into the Olympics, and they know that only three points will do. They’ll be watching the action at St. James Park as well, hoping that the Kiwis don’t come up with three points against Brazil, but if they do, Egypt knows that it will need to beat Belarus by more than New Zealand beats Brazil to ensure advancement.

Egypt vs. Belarus Schedule and Match Information
Egypt vs. Belarus Match Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1st, 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Egypt vs. Belarus Stadium: Hampden Park
Egypt vs. Belarus on TV: NBC Soccer Channel (Tape Delay at 4:30 p.m. ET)
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Egypt vs. Belarus Match Odds: Egypt -0.5 (+114)
Egypt vs. Belarus Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +115)

Many expected that Egypt would be the second team to get out of Group C this year in the Olympics, especially after the way that the squad fought back and nearly stole a point from Brazil in the opening fixture. That being said, it was a shock to see the Egyptians fall behind by a goal early on against New Zealand three days ago, and all of a sudden, their tournament hung in the balance. They did get a goal from Mohamed Salah, his second strike of the Olympics, and from that point forward, they really were comprehensively the better of the two teams. Forward were constantly pushing ahead for Egypt all game long, and it ended in 28 shots, 10 of which reached the target. The Egyptians were unlucky not to win this match, but Manager Hany Ramzy will tell you that there are no excuses. The good news for Egypt is that it basically controls its own destiny with this match, and in the end, that should be good enough for it to get into the second round still.

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Belarus really never figured to have all that much of a change, but it still got its three points from the Kiwis to open up this tournament. It was the first big time win for this tiny nation in a competition like this. It isn’t going to take a victory to get into the knockout rounds, but it is going to take a draw. The problem though, might be a bit of complacency in the search of a draw. In the team’s opening fixture against New Zealand, the squad dominated possession and shots and shots on target, and against Brazil, there were at least a few moments of true magic. Renan Bressan Bardini was able to score just eight minutes into the match against one of the best teams in the world, and the squad did what it could to fend off the Brazilians. This was a match every step of the way, though Brazil did go from down a goal to up a goal with a Neymar goal in the 65th minute. It wasn’t until stoppage time when Oscar scored for the men in yellow and green when this fixture got out of hand. The offense has to get back to its ball control to be able to knock off the Egyptians.

Egypt vs. Belarus Match Preview & Analysis: Unfortunately for Belarus, we just don’t see this happening. The Egyptians are the better of these two teams, and we really think that experience is going to get the job done. Of course, most of these players that are on this team weren’t on the Olympics squads of the past, but tradition really seems to be a heck of a lot more here for the African side than it is for Belarus. This could be a touch and go game throughout, but in the end, whether it be Mohamed Salah or any of the other capable youngsters that this team has to offer, Egypt will be the one that gets into the second round of this tournament.

Egypt vs. Belarus Punting Tip: Egypt -0.5 (+115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Egypt vs. Belarus Score Prediction: Egypt 2 – Belarus 1

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