Algeria is to host Nigeria in an international friendly encounter at the Miloud Hadefi Olympic Stadium in Oran on Tuesday evening.

The Desert Foxes lost to Cameroon in the African playoffs; they won the first leg 1-0 before suffering a 2-1 loss at home in the second leg to end their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Nigeria experienced a similar fate to their hosts, making it through the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers before being eliminated on away goals in the playoffs against Ghana.

IMPORTANT STATS:

ALGERIA

Algeria have clashed with Nigeria on 21 occasions with the North African side with nine victories, three draws, and nine losses in previous encounters.

Djamel Belmadi’s men are a distant seventh on the continent and 41st in the world but the host a four-match winning streak since they lost 2-1 to Cameroon after extra time in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification play-off.

NIGERIA

With nine wins, three ties, and nine losses in their last 21 matches and Nigeria have no advantage over their North African opponents.

Super Eagles are fourth in Africa and 31st in the world but that stat doesn’t count for anything in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s latest result ended a run of back-to-back wins, marking their sixth winless outing in their last eight games across competitions.

They are winless in their last three games in this fixture and could lose this one.

Jose Peseiro’s men have conceded five goals in their last five matches in all competitions. Their biggest loss in recent times was against Mexico where they leaked four goals in July 2021.

FCNAIJA PREDICTION:

Full time draw or under 2.5 goals in the encounter.

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