Nigeria VS Algeria is always a game many football fans love to watch due to the arrays of stars that are expected to feature in it.
The fact that the encounter is between two of the continent’s best footballing nations makes it more enticing and attractive.
The last time both sides met was during last year’s AFCON in Egypt which ended 2-1 in favour of the North African side.
Riyad Mahrez’s well-taken free-kick in the last minute of the encounter was the difference as it went past helpless Daniel Akpeyi.
Will this encounter be a repeat of last year’s fixture? Will the Super Eagles revenge their painful defeat? What should the fans expect from this highly-anticipated encounter?
Perfectlife’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye has a list of top three things to expect below:
1. High Attacking Football
Judging by what we saw from the previous clash in Egypt in which at least 11 goalscoring chances were created, it won’t be out of place to predict a very attacking style of football from both sides.
The Super Eagles are known for their attacking style of play which has seen them scored nine goals in four games after the AFCON tournament.
With the emergence of very pacy youngsters, including Bright Ejuke, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze; we should expect the young Eagles to make use of the flanks through many counter attacking moves.
Algeria, at the other hand, haven’t stopped being impressive since their AFCON triumph.
Djamel Belmadi’s men have found the back of the net on 10 occasions in five post-afcon matches, and they are expected to trouble the Super Eagles defense throughout the encounter.
2. Lots of Cautions
Looking back at the last Nigeria VS Algeria fixture, at least four players were issued a yellow card warning as a result of rough tackles.
Friday’s encounter will possibly see lots of cautions due to both countries’ physical approach to games.
The country from the Western part of the continent are known for their strength and physical approach to games and they would love to explore the traits against their North African counterparts.
3. Massive Scoreline
Judging by Nigeria vs Algeria head to head record, it won’t be out of place to predict a massive scoreline after the game.
Nigeria would be without their first-choice goaltender Francis Uzoho who was ignored by Gernot Rohr owing to his injury and lack of action for his new side Apoel Nikosia.
Without taking anything away from Dele Alampasu and Maduka Okoye’s potentials, it might be very hard for them to prevent Algeria’s in-form and deadly front-line from scoring.
Just as it is with Algeria, Nigeria also boast of in-form front-men who can get the job done.
Late addition to the squad, Paul Onuachu is in rich form; newly-invited stars Ejuke and Dessers will want to show their prowess in order to be part of the team for long period of time.
All of these factors will definitely play major role in ensuring that keepers of the two sides pick the ball from their net.