No one needs to tell both Algeria and Slovenia how vital a result in their opening fixtures will go in ensuring one of these 2 teams make it beyond the first round for the first time in each nations history. While skill and tactical form will not be at the highest in this game, both teams will be playing for 3 points and hoping for a result from either side in the England/US opener.
Algeria vs Slovenia Odds for June 13th World Cup Match:
Over 2.5 (+153)
Under 2.5 (-173)
The strength of both these squads are very different. For the Slovenians the backbone of their defense lies in Udinese starting keeper Samir Handovic. His experiences from the pressures of the Serie A make him capable of stealing a game, maybe two for the offensively hindered side. One goal may prove to be enough for the European side as the back line of Miso Brecko, Bojan Jokic, Marko Suler, and Bostjan Cesar have regular caps for both club and country. Slovenia can be thankful striker Milivoje Novakovic has returned to full health, as evidence by his brace against New Zealand in the final tune up game. His skill may have to make up for the lack of creativity within the squad, and he is more than capable of making magic happen against a weak Algerian team.
On the other side of the ball, the Algerians are happy to be coming off a victory over the United Arab Emirates in their final tune up after four successive defeats. Like the Slovenians, the strength of this team lie in their midfield as evident by the ball distribution and creativity of captain Yazid Mansouri, however the finishing at the top may prove to be the biggest weakness. The leading goal scorer for Les Fennecs was central defender Antar Yahia with 3. Yahia along with defense partners Madjid Bougherra and Nadir Belhadj will have to play a mistake free 90 minutes to give the squad any hope.
Slovenia has the advantage going into the game, with a more balanced squad, albeit, not by much over the Algerians. The African side is not built to come from behind, so look for them to play passive early on and capitalize via the counter. Slovenia on the other hand may try to come out firing and establish an early lead.
Algeria vs Slovenia Match Prediction: I expect the result and the points to go the favored Slovenian side with a 2-0 result seeming appropriate.
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