Algeria will play Zimbabwe at the new Stade de Franceville opening Matchday 1 in group B hoping they can put on a confident display and bag the three points in their first AFCON 2017 outing.
Our primary betting recommendation for this match is Home win at 8/15 with William Hill
Zimbabwe haven’t been too happy about their AFCON draw as they will have to battle for the next round in the tough group B with Tunisia, Senegal and start with Algeria on Sunday! The Fennec Foxes will open their Africa Cup of Nations campaign highly motivated to make an impact, hoping they can kick it off the best way possible with a confident win against the Warriors which we’ll back at 8/15 with William Hill
Algeria have been in great form throughout 2016 and they’ve recorded just one loss in the seven matches played (1-3 to Nigeria in World Cup qualifiers clash back in November). Manager Georges Leekens has assembled a fearful attacking line backed with a solid defensive outfit and they’ll definitely be one of the prime favourites to win the competition. However, they’ll have to prove it and go step by step and moving into the quarterfinals will be a challenge by itself.
The Warriors, on the other hand, will be group B outsiders as they are the lowest ranked team. And play only their third Africa Cup of Nations. They don’t stand much chance and while many predict they’ll be rock-bottomed through the month, Fennec Foxes will have to be on the lookout. Zimbabwe have netted 11 goals in the six qualification matches and conceded just four, earning two wins and draw in three friendly games since!
Despite losing on just one of the occasions, Algeria have conceded a goal in each of their last three outings and although the opponents have been somewhat stronger a Yes on Both teams to score here looks attractive at 5/4 with BetVictor
With in-form attacking lines on both ends, Over 2.5 goals FT does seem an even better value and we’ll stick our neck for it at the same odds with Ladbrokes. Riyad Mahrez will certainly play a key role in Algeria’s campaign and he’ll be our top pick in the goalscoring market, where we hope he can make a great start by scoring anytime, backed at an eye-catching 11/5 with bet365
Both teams to score YES at 5/4 with BetVictor