Expect winning starts for Uruguay and Morocco

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Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia got the World Cup 2018 off to a bang and Uruguay and Morocco can make winning starts today.

Uruguay 13/5 to win and both to score

Two-time winners La Celeste are seen as potential dark horses to go far in the tournament, mainly due to their attacking prowess.

Striker Edinson Cavani was the top scorer in South American qualifying with 10 goals and his partner in crime, Luis Suarez, who is also playing in his third finals, has netted five times in the World Cup during his career.

Their firepower should prove too much for Egypt and their other Group A rivals.

However, Hector Cuper’s assertion that birthday boy Mohamed Salah is likely to play in his country’s first World Cup game since 1990 following a shoulder injury means the Pharaohs will carry a substantial threat and may at least get themselves a goal.

Morocco 2/1 to win to zero

All eyes will be on Group B’s late game but earlier this afternoon Morocco can take a step towards the last 16 against Iran.

The Atlas Lions are through to their first World Cup since 1998 but are another who could surprise, having gone through final CAF qualifying as the only team not to concede a goal.

It is the first time Iran have qualified for back-to-back tournaments and they themselves avoided defeat in getting to Russia.

Morocco boss Herve Renard is a shrewd cookie though and will set his team up to frustrate the opposition, while in the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda, they have the quality to unlock the Team Melli defence.