Algeria vs Tanzania: Preview

Algeria are set to play their first match of 2018 against Tanzania at the Stade du 5 Juillet on Thursday 22nd March, with kick-off at 5pm (UK time).

Rabah Madjer is unbeaten so far in his current tenure, and this will be his third match in charge of the main national side. Algeria have not lost against Tanzania since 1995 and are expected to win comfortably.

Up to six substitutes can be used, meaning we could see a total of 17 players appear for the North Africans. Opponents Tanzania are currently ranked 146th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Faouzi Chaouchi is expected to be the goalkeeper after Rais M’Bolhi was not selected by the manager. Islam Slimani is not in contention to start the match, as he continues his come-back from a thigh injury that has kept him out of action since January.

Madjer has hinted at playing with three at the back, after selecting no natural full-backs in his 24-man squad. Zinedine Ferhat could be deployed as a right wing back. Yacine Brahimi, Riyad Mahrez and Carl Medjani have all scored against Tanzania before.

The Desert Foxes last faced Tanzania in 2015, and won 7-0. Les Verts have played against Tanzania nine times in their history, with four wins, four draws and one loss. You can follow the game live with our Twitter feed: @DZFootball_en.

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