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World Cup – Algeria vs Burkina Faso: Betting Preview

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Sports Innovation previews the World Cup qualifier between Algeria and Burkina Faso and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.

It’s a top-of-the-table clash in Group A as Algeria and Burkina Faso lock horns for a World Cup qualifier.

A place in the playoffs is at stake in what is almost the equivalent of a final. The winner takes all, while the loser goes home empty-handed.

In Algeria’s case, anything but defeat will see them through to the next round. The Desert Warriors hold a two-point lead over second-place Burkina Faso, who must win at all costs, at the top of the Group A table.

Our tip

Facts and figures for Algeria vs Burkina Faso in World Cup.

  • Algeria has won the last 3 matches in a row;
  • Algeria unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
  • Algeria has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
  • Algeria has won in the last 5 of 6 matches.
  • Burkina Faso unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
  • Burkina Faso has won the last 3 matches in a row on the road;
  • Burkina Faso has won in the last 4 of 6 matches.

Current form — Algeria vs Burkina Faso

The Desert Warriors in excellent form

Algeria enter this match on a really fine note as past weeks have brought a very acceptable 16 points from a possible 18. Djamel Belmadi’s side have really been enjoying their football in their previous 3 matches, which started off with a 6-1 win against Niger. They went on to beat Niger by 0-4, before also getting the better of Djibouti in a 0-4 victory.

The Stallions tough to beat

Burkina Faso are performing at a strong level themselves recently. In their last 3 matches, Kamou Malo’s side cruised to 4-0 and 2-0 victories over Djibouti respectively. Their winning run came to an end last time out in a 1-1 draw against Niger.

Algeria vs Burkina Faso — fixture history

The most recent outing in a World Cup qualifier between these teams took place in September. The match failed to produce a winner, with the score reading 1-1 after the final whistle.

In the last 6 meetings of these teams, the opponents played on an equal footing. The pair have been evenly matched in recent times with 2 wins for each side in their last 6 matches in the World Cup. Thus, the draw could prove the tasty bet here with 2 matches finishing all square.

Top goalscorer

Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez could return to the starting line-up to lead Algeria’s frontline for this crucial game. Either one of them could score, as well as Baghdad Bounedjah.

As for Burkina Faso, Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba is on an excellent run of form and could be their best bet for a goalscorer.