Our football match prediction:
Star-studded Algeria failed to impress in their Africa Cup of Nations opener against Zimbabwe. The Algerians should have lost the match, but thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s late goal they eventually shared the spoils with Callisto Pasuwa’s troops. The Desert Warriors need to improve their game if they are to advance to the knockout stages, but Thursday’s football match against Tunisia will be anything but a walk in the park for Georges Leekens’ charges. Islam Slimani played below expectations against Zimbabwe, but the Leicester City attacker is widely expected to lead the line for Algeria against Tunisia. The Eagles of Carthage experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-0 loss to Senegal and seeing that both teams are desperate to return to winning ways, we predict that both Algeria and Tunisia will find the net in the North African derby. A man to watch in the away team will be Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri, who is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
Highligted Player (Mehdi Abeid):
Mehdi Abeid is an Algerian professional footballer who played for France youth teams. He represented les Tricolores at the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship, making appearance in each of the three group games. Abeid played for France U16, U18 and U23 teams as well in the past, but he then decided to represent Algeria on the international stage at senior level. The 180-cm-tall midfielder, who was born in Montreuil, France on 6 August, 1992 made his Algeria debut in June, 2015, coming as a substitute in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles. Speaking of his club career, the Algerian international played for the likes of Newcastle United, St. Johnstone and Panathinaikos in the past before joining French team Dijon in 2016. The Dijon midfielder scored three goals in 24 league appearances for Panathinaikos in the 2015/2016 season. Mehdi Abeid is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament. In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only Africa Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up. Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisian national team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red shorts. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).