Algeria face a tough test at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil - but will the north African side be this year's surprise package?

Goalkeepers: Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger).

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford, on loan from Granada), Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwya Club), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoualm (Napoli), Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio).

Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Yasine Brahimi (Granada), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese).

Forwards: Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

Fixtures

17th June v Belgium (Belo Horizonte)

22nd June v South Korea (Porto Alegre)

26th June v Russia (Curitiba)

Strengths

Attacking trio Slimani, Soudani and Feghouli work together to terrorize defences. The Algerian are strong on the flanks too, with fullbacks and wingers that can excel in defence as well as in attackin.

Weaknesses

Algeria lack a quality goalkeeper and, despite robust defensive midfielders, they lack creativity from midfield.

Key Player

Madjid Bougherra. The Algerian captain has more than 60 caps to his name. His experience can provide the difference against top-class opposition.

Prediction

Algeria will probably fall short in the battle for second place, with Russia’s experience and Korea’ youth set to prevail over the Algerians.

Odds

1500/1


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