Our prediction for this match:
Algeria will be aiming to extend their winning run to six games when they face Guinea in a friendly at Stade Olympique d’Oran. Djamel Belmadi’s troops surprisingly missed out on a spot at the upcoming World Cup finals, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to, at least, finish 2022 in style. Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is the brightest star in Djamel Belmadi’s team, with the likes of Bennacer, Ounas, Slimani, Brahimi, and Bentaleb making the cut as well.
The National Elephants, on the other hand, failed to record a win in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and, it is no surprise the bookies see them as underdogs in Thursday’s friendly. Given Algeria’s displays in back-to-back wins over D.R. Congo (3-0) and Iran (2-1), we believe that home win should be considered. The bad news for the away side is that Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been ruled out with a muscle injury.
Highlighted Player (Youcef Atal):
The Boghni born Algerian started playing football at the age of ten when he joined CR Belouizdinad's youth academy in 2006. His decade long youth career saw him feature for other more Algerian teams before signing a professional contract with the last one, namely Paradou AC, in 2015.
Atal, who predominantly plays as a right-back, made his first professional appearance on the 9th of January 2016, playing in Paradou's 3-0 over CR Beni Thour in the Coupe d'Algerie. His performances during his 17/18 loan spell at Belgian Club Kortrijk earned him a move to France with OGC Nice in 2018.
At Nice, the 23-year-old has become a valuable first-team player and is on a five-year contract expiring in 2023. On the International stage, Atal has capped 14 times for Algeria, making his debut on the 6th of June, 2017, in a friendly against Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Guinea):
Nicknamed the National Elephants, Guinea national team are affiliated to the Guinea Football Federation. Guinea qualified for their 12th Africa Cup of Nations and they will face the likes of Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi in the group stages of the tournament in Egypt.
The National Elephants have yet to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but they were on the verge of going all the way at the tournament in Ethiopia back in 1976. Guinea finished the final round in second place in the standings, only one point behind champions Morocco.
The National Elephants wear red socks, yellow shorts and green socks when welcoming their rivals, whilst their away colours are yellow and red. Guinea suffered a 2-1 loss to Togo in their first international game (May, 1962). The African side recorded their biggest win against Mauritania (14-0) on May, 1972), whilst a 6-0 loss to Zaire (July, 1972) is considered the biggest defeat in the history of the national team.