Mozambique vs Algeria: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
CAF World Cup 2026 qualifiers are underway
In the heart of Maputo, Mozambique, football enthusiasts are gearing up for a spectacle that promises to be nothing short of breathtaking. On Sunday, November 19, 2023, the Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto will witness a clash between two formidable teams – Mozambique and Algeria – in a battle that extends beyond the field, capturing the essence of passion, talent, and national pride.
Mozambique, a team with a fluctuating recent form of wins and draws, seeks redemption on home turf. Their forward, Stanley Ratifo, born of a Mozambican-German heritage, symbolizes the unity and diversity that football can bring, wearing the national colors with pride.
On the opposing side, Algeria marches in with an impressive track record. Unbeaten in their last eight games and boasting three consecutive victories on foreign soil, the Desert Foxes, led by the seasoned Riyad Mahrez, are ready to showcase their prowess. Mahrez, a football virtuoso plying his trade in the Saudi Pro League, leads the Algerian charge with finesse and determination.
Sunday, November 19, 2023, 06:30 PM (IST)
Stadium: Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto, Maputo, Mozambique
Mozambique: D L W W D L
Algeria: W D D W W D
Players to Watch
Stanley Ratifo (Mozambique)
Stanley Ratifo, born on December 5, 1994, is a skilled forward currently showcasing his talents with CfR Pforzheim. Hailing from Germany, Ratifo proudly dons the colors of the Mozambique national team. On the international stage, Ratifo’s journey began in 2017, where he chose to represent Mozambique, a nod to his diverse heritage with a Mozambican father and a German mother.
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
One of the most gifted and significant players of his generation is Algerian professional football player Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez, who was born in Sarcelles, France, on February 21, 1991, is a football player who mainly plays as a winger but can also play as an offensive midfielder. Mahrez, who is well-known for his remarkable technical abilities, inventiveness, and capacity for game-winning goals, has made a name for himself for both club and nation. Currently, he captains the Algeria national team and showcases his talents in the Saudi Pro League with Al-Ahli.
- In their last eight games, Algeria have not lost.
- Algeria have won three straight games away from home.
- In 16% of their games, Mozambique lead at the half, while in 27% of them, Algeria does.
- Algeria win 27% of halftimes, while Mozambique win 16%.
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Team news and Injury
In the latest team news, Mozambique face a setback as Catamo grapples with a muscle injury expected to keep him sidelined through late November 2023. Meanwhile, over in Algeria, goalkeeper Zeghba is dealing with a shoulder injury that may keep him out of action for just a few days. Amoura, also from the Algerian squad, is nursing a shoulder injury as well, but he’s eyeing a return to the pitch around mid-December 2023. Adding to the injury list for Algeria is Bennacer, who is contending with a knee injury, with hopes of making a comeback in mid-December 2023.
On a brighter note, Rayan Ait-Nouri is set to rejoin the Algerian national team camp after missing out on the October internationals due to injury. The full-back, eager to contribute to his team’s qualification efforts for the 2026 World Cup, looks to add to his three caps earned so far. His return is timely as Algeria prepares for challenging matches against Somalia and Mozambique. The team is optimistic about overcoming these hurdles and securing their spot in the prestigious tournament.
Predicted Lineup for Mozambique vs Algeria
Mozambique Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3)
Emani; Bruno Langa, Mexer, Domingos, David Malembana; Guima, Amadu, Domingues; Geny Catamo, Stanley Ratifo, Witi.
Algeria Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3)
Mandrea; Mandi, Touba, Attal, Bensebaini; Aouar, Zerrouki, Amoura; Mahrez, Gouiri, Slimani
Match Prediction for Mozambique vs Algeria
In a clash between Mozambique and Algeria, the odds favour Algeria with a 0-1 victory. Algeria has displayed defensive strength in recent matches, consistently securing wins on the road. Mozambique’s struggles at home and a trend of low-scoring games for both teams make this prediction a plausible outcome.
Prediction: Mozambique 0 – 1 Algeria
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