Algeria to continue with perfect start as they host Niger

Algeria will be aiming to continue their perfect start to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday as they welcome Niger to the Nelson Mandela Stadium.

For the visitors, securing a first AFCON qualifying victory will be the major target off the back of two share of the spoils from as many outings so far.

The Desert Warriors have opened up a four-point lead at the top of their AFCON qualifying group after just two rounds of matches. Having lost just once in their last 20 matches on home turf dating back to March 2021, Thursday’s hosts are well-placed to secure yet another impressive result in front of their fans.

Niger Republic played out a 1-1 stalemate against the Cranes of Uganda in the teams’ matchday two encounter at the St. Mary’s Stadium-Kitende on June 8.

Still without a victory away from home since 2021, Thursday’s visitors have it all to do in what is set to be yet another daunting assignment on enemy territory.

Algerian striker Islam Slimani will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal after scoring six goals in his last six games at club level.

Slimani, who is also his country’s record goalscorer with 41, has the opportunity to extend his five-goal lead at the top of the all-time scoring charts

With the quality they boast all over the pitch, Algeria are huge favourites to come away with all three points, and coupled with the added advantage of playing on home turf, we are backing them to get the job done in emphatic fashion.



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