Our prediction for this match:
Tuesday’s friendly at Stade Pierre-Mauroy pits together Algeria and Colombia, who face each other for the first time ever. Algeria did remarkably well to win the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year and, no doubt, they want to finish 2019 in style. The Desert Foxes have been impressive at the back of late and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Colombia.
As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Manchester City ace Riyad Mahrez. Los Cafeteros, on the other hand, are without Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the African side. A man to keep an eye on in Carlos Queiroz’s team will be Duvan Zapata, the Atalanta attacker, who has already netted six goals in the new Serie A season.
Highlighted 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 (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation.
Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event.
The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.