Our football match prediction:
Portugal will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Algeria in their last warm-up game ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals. A Selecao did well to win EURO 2016 trophy and they certainly have big ambitions for the upcoming showpiece tournament in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo, who won his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid in May, is likely to return to the starting line-up and all eyes will be on the Portuguese superstar when Portugal face Algeria in Lisbon. The Algerians, on the other hand, failed to book their place at the 2018 World Cup and they must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Portugal. Fernando Santos’ men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in their last warm-up game.
Highlighted Player (Joao Moutinho):
A versatile midfielder who can operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, as well as on either flank, Moutinho is a Portugal international playing for AS Monaco. The experienced 30-year-old footballer started his career with Sporting, but moved to great rivals Porto in 2010. Having won 12 major titles between the two clubs combined, Moutinho moved to Monaco in 2013. A full Portugal international at the age of 18, Moutinho is a regular call-up since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The 30-year-old was a part of Portugal’s historic success in France this summer when Fernando Santos men lifted their first-ever continental trophy. Despite being a first-team regular with his club AS Monaco, Moutinho has been regularly linked with a move to Serie A and was reportedly offered to Napoli and AC Milan during the summer of 2016. AS Roma have also expressed their interest in signing the versatile midfielder, but Monaco opted to stay with the club and help Monaco with their UEFA Champions League challenge.
Highlighted Team (Algeria):
The Algeria national football team was established in 1962 as they were not allowed to play international games under French Rule. El Khadra (the Greens) or the Desert Warriors participated at the World Cup finals four times and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 2014 (Brazil), making it to the last 16. The Algerians were producing outstanding displays under Vahid Halilhodzic, but despite making life difficult for star-studded Germany in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament, the African team eventually failed to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Algeria play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is green. The Desert Warriors impressed at the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, with the team defeating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted, though, that Algeria hosted the tournament. The Algerians have been playing their home matches at Stade Mustapha Tchaker since 2006 and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 was regarded as the team’s home stadium before 2006.