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  • June 26, 2014
  • • 21:00
  • • Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, Curitiba, Paraná
  • Referee: C. Çakιr
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Algeria - Russia Preview: Make or break for Capello's men

Algeria - Russia Preview: Make or break for Capello's men

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The Russians have collected just one point from two matches and must defeat the African side in order to stand a chance of reaching the knockout stages

By Pilar Suarez in Curitiba

Algeria and Russia will meet in Curitiba seeking a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup. Coaches Fabio Capello and Vahid Halilhodzic want to accompany Belgium, leaders of Group H, and earn their spot amongst the top 16 teams of the tournament.

For Russia, things have not been easy. The draw against South Korea and the defeat suffered against Belgium has left them in a precarious position. Capello's team, as hosts of the next World Cup in 2018, want to impress but Algeria are not the ideal rival for them to face at this point.

They may have lost 2-1 to Belgium but comprehensively defeated the Koreans with a 4-2 victory, inscribing their name in history by becoming the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match.

The game between Algeria and South Korean caught the attention of the world, and for some it was one of the best games we have seen in the tournament so far.

The match between Algeria and Russia also promises much. Intensity will be in abundance and the battle will be fierce. Capello knows this is no time for favourites, but his reputation and that of his side are at stake. They must give a performance to impress ahead of their host duties in four years.

Players to watch

I. Slimani

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Elected as the man of the match against South Korea, the striker has surprised defences thanks to his work ethic, positioning him as one of the key players to guide the Africans toward the next stage.

A. Kokorin

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
The Dynamo Moscow star missed a glaring chance against Belgium on matchday two but if Capello keeps faith in the 23-year-old, he has the ability to frighten opposition defences.

Editor's Prediction

The Africans seem to be more motivated for this match after two great games in this World Cup. With a combination of young and veteran players, they have been a surprise and with Russia struggling for form they could progress.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Algeria

Russia

Wins
0
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Algeria ALG
Algeria Algeria
Draw
Russia RUS
Russia Russia
48%
39%

Top 3 Predictions

Algeria ALG
2 - 1
Russia RUS
Algeria ALG
1 - 2
Russia RUS
Algeria ALG
2 - 0
Russia RUS

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