Algeria vs Zimbabwe
African Cup of Nation 2017 – Group B
Date: Sunday 15th, January 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 UK/17:00 CET
Venue: Stade de Franceville.
The 1990 AFCON champions lock horns with the warriors of Zimbabwe. The desert warriors will be making their 17th AFCON appearance, while the Warriors are featuring for the 3rd time in an AFCON competition.
Algeria enjoyed a sumptuous ride in the qualification stage of the competition; scoring the highest number of goals out of all 52 teams that participated in the qualifiers. The desert warriors who are currently ranked 5th in Africa made it to the quarter final stage of the last edition in equatorial; Algeria have failed to reached the final since 1990, with their closest fit since then been a semi-final appearance at the 2010 AFCON edition in Angola.
Zimbabwe will be making their first AFCON appearance in the last 6 edition, and 3rd appearance in total. Coach Callisto Pasuwa tutored side are currently ranked 29th in Africa, making them the lowest ranked team in the Group B. The warriors failed to go pass the group stage in their first 2 appearance in the championship, a feat they will be hoping to surpass in this edition. However, the warriors have four COSAFA glory to their name.
Algeria: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
M’Bolhi: Ghoulam, Belkaroui, Belkhiter, Mandi: Bentaleb, Guedioura, Taider: Brahimi, Slimani, Mahrez.
Zimbabwe: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
Mkuruva: Machapa, Costa, Muroiwa, Bhasera: Phiri, Mushekwi, Katsande: Rusike, Billiat, Musona.
Algeria vs Zimbabwe: Head to Head Statistics
Clashes between this two sides go way back, however the most recent meetings between was at the qualification stage of the 2006 world cup tournament that took place in Germany; both sides played a 3-3 draw over two legs.
Moreover, Algeria were placed in same group at the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia. In contrast to this fixture, both sides met at the last game of the group stage; a game that ended 2-1 in favor of the Zimbabweans.
Algeria vs Zimbabwe: Prediction
Algeria was involved in 2 quick friendly games as they prepared for this big one in Gabon, the Algerian scored 9 goals in their 2 legged friendly games with Mauritania. Moreover, Algeria sits in better position on the ranking compared to their southern Africa opponent. In addition, the Algerian have got better pool of talented and experienced players going into this competition, in comparison with the Zimbabweans.
Therefore, I will be predicting a 1-0 win for the desert warrior of Algeria.
Algeria vs Zimbabwe: Bet Tips
Algeria to win at 3/5 (1.60)
Over 1.5 team goals for Algeria at 5/6 (1.83).