Spain are ranked one of the favorites to win the 2020 Olympic games as they return to the competition having missed the 2016 edition in Rio. They will open their campaign against African U23 champions Egypt, who have a great run ahead of this clash. The Egyptians will be without two of their star players, Mohamed Elneny and Mo Salah, who were denied permission by their clubs. Still, Egypt, made largely of the players who featured in the Africa U23 Championships, will have enough personnel to guide the team through the competition. All, save for Ahmed Hegazi, are based in Egypt but they play at the top level and a few are members of the Al Ahly team that recently won the CAF Champions League. Egypt have no superstars in their team but have grown together as a group and are on an eight-game unbeaten run. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last nine matches, though they’ll be worried a bit about their defence, having kept just four clean sheets in their last 10 matches.
Spain have an array of top stars in their team and will be hoping they can devise a way to get past a solid Egypt side in this game. They haven’t been together as a team for a while and their recent match against Japan is their only recognized game in recent times. That ended 1-1 with Spain, who were expected to win easily, struggling for the better part of it. It took a Carlos Soler goal on 78 minutes to level the clash. They will have a number of stars who featured for the main team at Euro 2020, including Pau Torres, Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Mikel Oyarzabal and Pedri. Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio are also part of the team as the overage players.
Spain have a number of star players and with the creativity they bring on board, they stand a chance of scoring, though they haven’t played together for a while and may lack the understanding. Egypt have been a bit shaky in defence and this will affect their chances here. However, they have a good scoring run and with great understanding, having been together for a while, they will challenge this Spain side. Back both teams to score here.