Africa Cup of Nations – Algeria v Zimbabwe Preview (15/1/16)

Match preview

I have previewed both of these teams in-depth in my pre tournament posts, for more click here. Considering who else is in this group, Algeria must feel like they have to win today. Failure to beat Zimbabwe could prove fatal and would possibly require them to claim victory over both Senegal and Tunisia. The Desert Foxes have great technical ability and should be able to stamp their authority on the game. However, like yesterday with Gabon they are under enormous expectation to deliver and considering this is their first game of the tournament, perhaps it could result in a nervous performance. I think Algeria will win the game, but it might only be by one goal, so taking them on a handicap of -1 doesn't really interest me. The bet I like is over 2.25 goals. We know the great offensive strength that Algeria have and they could cover this line on their own. Zimbabwe do have some pace going forward themselves though and could catch them out on the break. I wouldn't be surprised if both teams scored, so the overs is going to be my selection.

Prediction: 3-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: Over 2.25 goals @ 2.0