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Cameroon vs Algeria: Preview

Algeria face Cameroon in Yaounde today (Saturday October 7th) in a competitive World Cup qualifying fixture that has no real meaning on either side, with kick-off at 5pm.

Both teams can no longer qualify for the tournament in Russia next summer, but Lucas Alcaraz has used this opportunity to select some new names in the 23-man squad.

Yacine Brahimi and Faouzi Ghoulam, two players who were selected by the Spanish manager, have both pulled out due to injury problems and they will not feature.

We could see a number of international debuts for the Desert Foxes, including Mohamed Fares who could be utilised as a right-wing-back in a new 5-3-2 system.

Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, and their star man is Vincent Aboubakar, who has scored against Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt this year.

Algeria have beaten Cameroon just once in their entire history, and have lost to them five times in eight meetings. They will play in their white kit.

Sofiane Feghouli also returns to the side, but there could be a change in goal if Alcaraz decides to play Belouizdad goalkeeper Salhi ahead of captain Rais M’Bolhi.

Nigeria play Zambia in the other fixture, where one of those two teams will qualify for the 2018 World Cup. This game also takes place at 5pm.


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