Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Algeria play host to Niger at their Stade Mustapha Tchaker in round 3 of the Africa World Cup qualifiers final stage. The Algerians rolled over Djibouti 8-0 in their opener, but they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso. Lyon attacker Islam Slimani made the cut despite struggling with a hamstring injury, while both Djamel Benlamri and Ramy Bensebaini are rated doubtful for Friday’s game.
As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Man City ace Riyad Mahrez, who has been in a fine form of late. Niger, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Burkina Faso, with the team beating Djibouti 4-2 on the road. The visitors, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Stade Mustapha Tchaker showdown. Talented midfielder Hassane Adamou is banned for the away side.
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.