The third and final round of African World Cup qualification takes place over the next seven days, which means the five teams representing the continent will be decided. One of the most interesting ties will see the very impressive Algeria come up against Cameroon.
World Cup Qualifier Preview
The first leg of the third round between Cameroon and Algeria is played on Friday evening. The emphasis will be on the nation playing at home taking an advantage from the fixture, but that could be difficult given the form that Algeria have shown throughout qualification.
Algeria were near faultless throughout qualification, as they picked up four wins from the six games that they played in Group A. They scored a high of 25 goals and conceded just four times. Defensively they will need to improve though, as many of the other sides that qualified for the third round boasted better defensive records.
Algeria’s recent form is pretty disappointing, as they weren’t able to progress out of their AFCON group in January. They were winless in three games, which included defeats against Equatorial Guinea and the Ivory Coast. This will be a huge fixture for the Greens on Friday.
Cameroon will likely not be daunted by the prospect of coming up against Algeria, as they also boasted an excellent record in qualification. They won five of the six games that they played, with their only defeat coming against the Ivory Coast on the road. They scored a total of 12 goals and conceded just three.
Cameroon enjoyed a fairly good AFCON campaign in January, as they eventually finished the competition in third place overall. That finished was sealed with a penalty shootout success after a 3-3 draw in extra time against Burkina Faso.
Cameroon vs Algeria Head to Head
Cameroon has an excellent record in this fixture, as they have picked up six wins from the previous nine matches between the sides. Algeria’s only win against Cameroon came in November 1995 when they won 4-0. Cameroon won the last fixture between the sides 2-0 in October 2017.
Cameroon vs Algeria Prediction
This will be a very tight fixture between the sides in the first leg, as neither will be looking to give their opponents the upper hand. However, our preference is for the hosts, who look to be on an upward trajectory based on their AFCON form.
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