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The Algerians will lock horns with Serbia in the build-up to next year's World Cup...

Algeria have scheduled a friendly with Serbia for early next year in the hopes that it will give them an advantage when they face Group C opponents Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup.

"Serbia are a similar kind of team to Slovenia, who we will play against in the World Cup," said Algeria coach Rabah Saadane to local reporters.

The international friendly has been organised for March 3 and will be contested at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers. The 2010 World Cup will start some three months later, with the opening game being played on June 11.

Algeria will also play England and the United States in the group phase of the competition while Serbia, who are in Group D, will face Germany, Ghana and Australia.

Stefan Coerts, Goal.com

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