Algeria’s team to face Benin in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier has been announced, which includes Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and FC Porto star Yacine Brahimi.
XI: Rais M’Bolhi – Youcef Attal – Mehdi Tahrat – Ramy Bensebaini – Mohamed Fares – Saphir Taider – Nabil Bentaleb – Riyad Mahrez – Yassine Benzia – Yacine Brahimi – Baghdad Bounedjah
The Desert Foxes are hosting the Squirrels in what is Djamel Belmadi’s first home match in charge of the Algerian national team, and the atmosphere is building.
Algeria have never lost at the Stade Tchaker in Blida, which was full more than two hours before kick off. They have won 28 of their 33 matches in this ground.
Mahrez will be looking to boost his confidence after missing a late penalty at Anfield on Sunday, however he has not scored for Les Verts since January 2017 which was nearly two years ago.
You can keep up to date with the game in English with DZ Football. Algeria and Benin both have four points and a win would take either side top of Group D following Togo’s 1-1 draw with Gambia.
Bounedjah and Sofiane Hanni are Algeria’s only scorers so far in 2019 AFCON qualification, but it could all change tonight with a big win at home.