With their chances of progression hanging by a thread, nothing less than victory will do for Algeria when they take on Senegal in Monday’s final Africa Cup of Nations group stage clash.
Third in Group B after taking just one point from their opening two games, George Leekens’ men are available at 29/20 (2.45) with bet365 to give themselves a chance of making it to the knockout stages by coming out on top at Stade de Franceville.
Meanwhile, the Lions of Teranga are already assured of top spot after winning both of their matches, and can be backed at 2/1 (3.00) to maintain their 100 per cent record in this one.
None of the last five meetings between the teams have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
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Having gone into the tournament as one of the favourites thanks to a star-studded squad that includes African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez among others, the Fennecs have come in for heavy criticism after two disappointing performances.
After opening with a surprise 2-2 draw against underdogs Zimbabwe before falling to a 2-1 defeat against North African rivals Tunisia, they must now take on arguably the competition’s most impressive outfit knowing that even victory may not be enough to keep their hopes alive.
This underperformance can largely be attributed to some haphazard defending, with penalties and own goals responsible for three of the four goals they have conceded so far.
Such generosity at the back will not go unpunished when they take on an attack boasting the talents of Keita Balde and joint top-scorer Sadio Mane, particularly given manager Aliou’s Cisse’s promise not rest players despite already securing first place.
Needing to push forward in search of victory, odds of 5/4 (2.25) seem generous on Algeria ensuring over 2.5 goals are scored for their 14th match in 17 when they take on a Senegal team that has scored twice or more in 13 of their last 15 matches.