Algeria - Gambia
Date: Friday, June 15th, 2012
Time: 8.30PM (Algeria)
Location: Stade Mustapha Tchaker (Blida)
After the reality check the team got against Mali .. and the groupie fans awaking and realizing that their team is not quite as amazing as they thought, Algeria takes on Gambia in the team's last game of the summer. This game is for the qualification for the 2013 African Cup, not the World Cup, and Algeria should have no problem after winning the first leg away 2-1.
I thought Vahid made two huge mistakes last game by starting Bouzid at RB and Slimani upfront which really cost us the 3 points in Mali and I expect that he will revert to a 4-4-2 with Hachoud at RB and Soudani upfront with either Djebbour or Slimani. The decisions he will have to make, in my opinion :
- Central defense: Which two will start out of Bougherra, Bouzid and Medjani? Personally, I expect Bougherra-Medjani .. but I would not be surprised to see Bouzid-Medjani get the nod and Bougherra on the bench
- Attacking midfielders: With two strikers probably starting, Vahid will have choose between Kadir or Boudebouz to play alongside Feghouli, who is certain to start.
- Strikers: With Soudani probably starting, Vahid must decide if he wants to go with Slimani or Djebbour. He can also opt for Aoudia, who started in the first leg against Gambia, and who I think is the best option up front.
Probable starting line-up :
M'Bolhi - Hachoud, Bougherra (or Bouzid), Medjani, Mesbah - Lacen, Guedioura, Feghouli, Boudebouz (or Kadir) - Soudani, Slimani (or Djebbour)