Our football match prediction:
Friday’s football match at Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui pits together Algeria and Nigeria. Algeria have nothing to play for in their last group game as they are stuck at the bottom of the table, but, no doubt, their pride will be stake when they face the Group B leaders in Constantine. The Algerians have been playing above expectations in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that they are on a three-game losing run ahead of the visit of Nigeria. The Super Eagles, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia and they will be looking to put icing on the cake with a win over Algeria. Seeing that coach Mustapha Rabah is likely to mix the squad against Nigeria, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from Friday’s qualifier.
Highlighted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his UEFA Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016. The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
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.