Algeria can take a step closer to qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations when they host Zimbabwe on Thursday at 7pm (UK time).
The defending champions have enjoyed a perfect start to their qualifying campaign, leading Group H after two games thanks to two wins. The first was an emphatic 5-0 victory over Zambia, and that was followed up by a slightly more narrow 1-0 win against Botswana. But now they face their toughest opponent of the group in Zimbabwe, who currently occupy second place.
Like Algeria, Zimbabwe are unbeaten in Group H but their 2-1 win over Zambia was joined by a goalless draw with Botswana. These two sides are expected to be the ones advancing to the final tournament at the end of the group stage, but defeat would open the door for Botswana or Zambia to close the gap, at least momentarily.
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Player to watch: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Algeria are one of the best teams in Africa, as shown by their 2019 Cup of Nations win, and that victory came as a result of an all-round effort from the squad. But Riyad Mahrez remains the main man.
The Manchester City winger is Algeria’s captain, and has been since May 2019, chosen to lead his country through the Cup of Nations which proved successful as they won the tournament for the first time since 1990.
And with Islam Slimani still out in the cold at Leicester City, Mahrez is his nation’s main attacking threat. In his 59 caps for his country, Mahrez has scored 16 times including once in their most recent match against Mexico, which finished 2-2. Against Mexico, Mahrez was moved away from the wing and played in a more central position, while he has also been deployed as a false no.9 for Man City on occasion. But wherever Djamel Belmadi does play him, he’s bound to be a big feature and key to Algeria’s hopes of taking control of the group.