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Algeria vs Botswana live stream, predictions & team news | AFCON Qualifiers

By Harry Edwards

Algeria vs Botswana live stream, predictions & team news | AFCON Qualifiers

Published: 13:09, 29 March 2021

Algeria will be looking to cap off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign when they welcome Botswana on Monday at 8pm (UK time).

The Fennecs are the reigning champions of AFCON and will have the chance to retain their title next year and become the fifth nation to win back to back championships.

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Scoreline prediction: Algeria 1-1 Botswana

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Algeria vs Botswana build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

Algeria were one of the first teams to secure their spot in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, doing so back on 16 November 2020 following a 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe. Only hosts Cameroon, who didn’t need to qualify, and Senegal (one day earlier) confirmed their place earlier than Algeria. As a result, you could say Algeria have taken their foot off the gas during this international break, drawing 3-3 with Zambia last time out, a team they had beat 5-0 in the opening Group H game.

Botswana, on the other hand, saw their qualification hopes extinguished last week as a result of their 1-0 defeat to Zimbabwe. They went into that game just a point behind their opponents knowing a win would put them in control of their destiny, albeit with a tough opponent in Algeria in their final match. But Botswana were unable to recover from Perfect Chikwende’s 14th-minute strike and will not be adding 2021 to their only previous Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2012.

  • Algeria (vs Zambia): M’Bolhi; Benayada, Tahrat, Benlamri, Abdellaoui; Ghezzal*, Abeid, Guedioura, Youcef Belaili; Bounedjah, Slimani.
  • Botswana (vs Zimbabwe): Dambe; Gaogangwe, Mathumo, Ditlhokwe, Ratanang; Setsile, Gaolaolwe; Molebatsi, Kgamanyane, Kebaikanye; Makgantai.

Rachid Ghezzal came off at half-time against Zambia with a slight injury so is unlikely to be risked, with both managers expected to rotate.

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Player to watch: Islam Slimani (Algeria)

With nothing being on the line in this game, it’s hard to call how both teams will play and who will feature. But if Islam Slimani does feature, you can expect him to continue his mini revival.

Slimani hasn’t had the best season, spending the first half of the campaign with Leicester playing just 19 minutes in the Premier League before finally calling time on his Foxes career with a move to Lyon. It took him a while fit into the Lyon team and he has still only started one of his 11 Ligue 1 appearances so far.

However, in the final league game before the international break, Slimani scored his first league goal for Lyon (having already found the net in the cup) in their 4-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. He then followed that up with two goals in the 3-3 draw with Zambia, having been recalled to the squad for the first time since November 2019 (missing the October and November 2020 international breaks). Slimani is now just five goals away from equalling Abdelhafid Tasfaout as Algeria’s all-time top goalscorer.

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