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ALG vs NGA Dream11 Team Prediction | 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – Algeria vs Nigeria, Fantasy Team News

By Anurag tyagi @anuragtyaggi

ALG vs NGA Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups

For whatever reasons the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations failed to live up to the hype, what is beyond a doubt that the remaining four teams will do everything to win the coveted trophy.

In one of the semi-finals, it’s a battle between two of the biggest teams in Africa as Algeria and Nigeria battle for a place in the final at Cairo International Stadium.



What they did to qualify for the semi-finals?

Algeria: For ages, the political unrest in Algeria thwarted the football team’s progress at the international stage. But the things are heading in the right direction of late, and it has had an impact on Algeria’s football team’s performance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as well.

With three wins, they topped the group and qualified to the knockout stage. A 3-0 win over Guinea made for an easy passage into the quarter-finals, and that’s where they faced their biggest opponent yet in this tournament.

The game was a fitting toast to both Ivory Coast and Algeria’s talent, but the latter ran their luck when it mattered the most as they went on to win the penalty shootout 3-4.


Nigeria:

This Nigeria team may not look anywhere near as talented as were the teams in the past, still, they have every reason to believe.

Two scrappy results in the first two games against not-so-powerful football nations, Burundi and Guinea, and a 2-0 defeat against Madagascar in the final group game left a lot to be desired from the three-time champions.

That’s why the 3-2 result against Cameroon ion the round-of-16 came as a shock, while the 2-1 win over South Africa bucked that feeling to some degrees.


Match Details:

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match will be played between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium, in Cairo, Egypt. The ground has a capacity of 75,000.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Sunday Midnight, July 15.


Broadcast details:

Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast 2019 Africa Cup of Nations games in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.


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Algeria Team News:

  • A fractured collarbone has ruled Youcef Atal out of the tournament. The 23-year-old plays his club football as a defender for French club OGC Nice.
  • While, Sofiane Feghouli, scorer of the all-important goal in the last round, has been listed as a doubt ahead of this game. He picked up a knock in that game and will be assessed before the match.

Algeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations:

  • Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha, Rais M’Bolhi, Alexandre Oukidja
  • Defenders: Ramy Bensebaini, Mehdi Zeffane, Youcef Atal, Djamel Benlamri, Mohamed Fares, Rafik Halliche, Aissa Mandi, Mehdi Tahrat
  • Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid, Ismail Bennacer, Hicham Boudaoui (Paradou), Sofiane Feghouli, Adlene Guedioura
  • Forwards: Youcef Belaili, Yacine Brahimi, Baghdad Bounedjah, Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Islam Slimani

Possible INs and OUTs of this game:

Striker Baghdad Bounedjah is coming under the immense pressure of late, after wasting several opportunities in the tournament on his way to just one goal. However, Djamel Belmadi may keep faith with him for this game.

Under-fire striker Baghdad Bounedjah must be aiming for a goal or two in this game. Image @Twitter

Andy Delort could come into the playing 11 if Feghiouli is deemed as not-fiot for this game.

While Mehdi Zeffane will definitely get the nod at right-back due to the injury to Youcef Atal.

Elsewhere, no changes are expected from Algeria.


Algeria Probable XI:

M’Bolhi (GK), Bensebaini, Benlamri, Mandi, Mehdi Zeffane, Guedioura, Belaili, Bennacer, Feghouli / Delort, Mahrez, Bounedjah


Nigeria Team News:

No missing player.


Nigeria’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations:

  • Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho
  • Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu
  • Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu
  • Forwards: Samuel Chukwueze, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Paul Onuachu, Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon

Possible INs and OUTs of this game:

Nigeria manager may stick with the same playing 11 which started the game against South Africa.

Will John Obi Mikel start the game? Image @Twitter

However, Captain John Obi Mikel wasn’t involved in that game as he remained on the bench. He will no doubt be pushing for inclusion here.


Nigeria Probable XI:

Akpeyi (GK), Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina, Ndidi, Mikel, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Musa, Ighalo

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