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Ghezzal and Guedioura start for Algeria but Man City star benched

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been benched by the Algerian national team for today’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin.

Djamel Belmadi has made several changes from the 2-0 victory last Friday. There are starts for Leicester City winger Rachid Ghezzal and Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

Mahrez was the captain in the previous game but the armband has been passed onto Sofiane Feghouli of Galatasaray. Aissa Mandi will start at right-back in place of Youcef Attal.

Team in full: Rais M’Bolhi, Aissa Mandi, Mehdi Tahrat, Ramy Bensebaini, Mohamed Fares, Nabil Bentaleb, Adlene Guedioura, Rachid Ghezzal, Sofiane Feghouli, Yacine Brahimi, Ishak Belfodil.

Belfodil starts up front, after scoring in the Champions League in less than a minute against Man City two weeks ago in a 2-1 win for the Citizens.

Saphir Taider makes way for Guedioura and Yassine Benzia also drops out of the side. Algeria are unbeaten in their group so far. The match is taking place in Cotonou (Benin) and kick-off is at 4pm.

A win would take the Desert Foxes up to ten points from four matches. The other two teams in Group D are Togo and Gambia. You can follow the game live and in English with DZ Football.

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