Defending champions Algeria begin the defense of their Africa Cup of Nations title on Tuesday when they go toe to toe with Sierra Leone and this Algeria vs Sierra Leone prediction post aims at providing a build up to the contest.
Our Top Algeria vs Sierra Leone prediction
Judging by the Algeria vs Sierra Leone odds, Algeria are clear favorites to secure all three points and we fancy them to get the job done as they head into the game in a seemingly unstoppable form.
Algeria vs Sierra Leone – Match Preview
In search of three points to get their respective AFCON journeys started on a high, Algeria and Sierra Leone battle it out at the Japoma Stadium on Tuesday.
Algeria vs Sierra Leone – Team Previews
Algeria made light work of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana in Group H of the qualifiers where they finished top with 14 points from a possible 18 while also scoring a competition-high 19 goals.
The Desert Foxes have gone on to secure a place in the final round of the World Cup playoffs following another near-perfect qualifying campaign.
Djamel Belmadi’s men, who ended a 29-year wait for continental supremacy by winning the most recent AFCON three years ago, set out to make it back to back titles.
Having tasted silverware in last December’s FIFA Arab Cup, the North Africans now seek a third consecutive international trophy and would certainly take some stopping.
Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez headlines his nation's 28-man squad which also includes the likes of Said Benrahma and Islam Slimani as Belmadi's side make the trip to Cameroon with all guns blazing.
Baghdad Bounedjah was the hero in 2019's 1-0 victory over Senegal in the grand finale and the 30-year-old will be looking to play a crucial role en route to success once again.
Predicted lineup; Rais Mbolhi; Rami Bensebaini, Djamel Benlmari, Issa Mandy, Houcine Benayada; Ramiz Zerrouki, Ismail Bennacer, Sofiane Feghouli; Riyad Mahrez, Youcef Belaili, Islam Slimani
Amongst all the 24 teams to have booked their place at this year’s AFCON, Sierra Leone finished with the lowest points tally during the qualifying campaign as they picked up just seven from six games.
Featuring in the competition for the first time since 1996, the Leone Stars have been drawn in Group C alongside Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Algeria.
Currently on a dismal run of one win in 12 outings, John Keister’s men head into Tuesday’s game with their backs against the wall and will be wary of being on the wrong end of a thrashing.
Issa Kallon has directly contributed to nine goals in the Eredivisie this term and will be burdened with the majority of his side's attacking responsibility.
After recently switching his international allegiance to Sierra Leone, Steven Caulker has been called up to the national team squad and is set to make his debut at 30 years of age.
Predicted lineup; Mohamed Kamara; Osman Kakay, Umaru Bangura, Steven Caulker, Yeami Dunia, Saidu Mansaray; John Bankole Kamara, Mohamed Kamara, Issa Kallon; Kei Kamara, Alhaji Kamara.
The Algeria vs Sierra Leone odds are as follows:
*Odds from Betwinner, correct as at the time of publishing
Algeria vs Sierra Leone Head to head stats
Matches Played: 3
Algeria Won: 2
Sierra Leone: 0
Both teams have not faced off since the last time Sierra Leone were at the AFCON in 1996 when Algeria claimed a convincing 2-0 triumph.
This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago