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Senegal vs. Algeria: Predicting the Desert Foxes’ Starting XI

05:00 EAT 19/07/2019
Algeria mystery XI
Who’s likely to start for Les Fennecs in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final?

  • Rais Mbolhi MLS Philadelphia Union (USA TODAY Sports)

    Rais M’bolhi

    Keeper who has struggled with a reputation for howlers and gaffes earlier in his career, and was in and out of the side, but he’s blossomed into an able stopper who doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

  • Aissa Mandi of Algeria

    Aissa Mandi

    Former right-back who has been converted to the centre of defence, where his ease in possession, his vision with the ball at feet, and is technical qualities make him an excellent asset in the backline.

  • Djamel Eddine Benlamri of Algeria during the 2019 African Cup of Nations

    Djamel Benlamri

    The tenacious, aggressive stopper is an excellent counterpoint for the more cultured Mandi. The Saudi Arabia-based defender is a real fan favourite.

  • Ramy Bensebaini Algeria

    Ramy Bensebaini

    In contrast to Mandi, Bensebaini made his name as a talented center-back, but has been employed as a left-back during the campaign by Algeria. He’s good on the ball and uses it well, but rarely beats his man or forays too far forward.

  • Diego Iainez Mehdi Zeffane Rennes Betis UEFA Europa League 14022019

    Mehdi Zeffane

    Will step into the side as a replacement for the injured Youcef Atal, and while capable, represents a significant downgrade for Algeria. Will a backline that appeared vulnerable at times against the Ivory Coast be exposed by Senegal’s speedy attackers?

  • Adlane Guedioura of Algeria challenged by Francis Kahata of Kenya.

    Adlene Guedioura

    Drafted into the side—unexpectedly—by Djamel Belmadi, and it’s proved to be something of a masterstroke by the manager. The tenacious midfielder has been one of the most effective tacklers in the tournament—averaging three per match—and has also showcased his leadership qualities.

  • Ismael Bennacer Algeria

    Ismael Bennacer

    Has knitted things together for Algeria in midfield, and also contributed two assists en route to the final. His fine performances have taken him to the brink of a move from Empoli to AC Milan.

  • Sofiane Feghouli Algeria 2019

    Sofiane Feghouli

    The creative midfielder has come into his own during the tournament, thriving alongside Guedioura and Bennacer in the heart of the park.

  • Riyad Mahrez of Algeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals last 16 match between Algeria

    Riyad Mahrez

    Has truly come into his own during the knockout stages, demonstrating the qualities that helped Manchester City get over the line in the league and the FA Cup. His last-gasp free kick against Nigeria in the semi-final was one of the moments of the tournament.

  • Ahmed Musa Nigeria Youcef Belaili Algeria

    Youcef Belaili

    Another revelation of the campaign, the winger has bounced back from being suspended for two years after being found guilty of taking cocaine. He’s never made it in France, but expect him to have some suitors after a terrific Afcon and a fine year with Esperance.


  • Baghdad Bounedjah Algeria Kenya AFCON 2019 23062019

    Baghdad Bounedjah

    Hasn’t scored the goals that were expected of him at the Nations Cup, and missed a penalty against the Ivory Coast, but remains a lethal prospect, and has impressed with his build-up play and his movement off the ball.