The Fennecs of Algeria will face Nigeria in a must win Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture on Saturday, November 12, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU highlights five reasons why the Super Eagles must be wary of the visitors.
1. FEARSOME ATTACK
The Fennecs parade one of the best attacking talents in the continent at the moment. On their day, the trio of Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Yaccine Brahimi could be unstoppable.
With the Super Eagles defence failing to inspire confidence in recent games, the North Africans will be out to explore that weak area and pick a crucial win in the game.
How well the Eagles will cope with the dangerous trio and Algeria's other attackers will play a decisive role on who wins the tie.
2. THIRST FOR VICTORY
Algeria drew 1-1 against Cameroon in their matchday-one fixture, and will be desperate to secure three points in the game to boost their chances of picking the Group B's sole ticket.
Defeat or draw in the game will be dangerous to Algeria's aspiration and that will make the encounter a tough affair for the Super Eagles.
3. HUNGER TO END POOR RUN AGAINST NIGERIA
The Super Eagles have dominated the last six meetings between them and the Fennecs.
The Eagles have won five of those games with the other ending in a draw. Their last defeat against the Fennecs was in the final of the 1980 Africa Nations Cup which Nigeria hosted.
Ranked as the number one team in Africa, the North Africans will be determined to maintain their status as Africa's best against their hosts.
4. MOTIVATION TO SATISFY NEW COACH
With a new coach in charge, the Algerian
players will be fired up for the game. Players who didn't feature much under the previous gaffer will be out to impress which will make them more difficult to play against.
5. DESIRE TO PLAY AT THE WORLD CUP
The Algerians made a big impression at the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil and are keen to make a return at Russia 2018.
That hunger will make them a dangerous opponent all through the qualifiers, and the Super Eagles will need to be at their best to win the match in Uyo.