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Portugal and Algeria meet at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a friendly match. This will be the 5th of the year for Portugal, after the previous ones against Belgium, Tunisia, Holland and Egypt. In the case of Algeria, this is their 5th friendly of the year, after having already faced the Islands of Cape Verde, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Tanzania. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Algeria presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
This is the 5th friendly match of the year for the home team, after previous friendlies in which they registered the following results: Belgium (0-0) Portugal, Portugal (2-2) Tunisia, Portugal (0-3) Netherlands and Portugal (2-1) Egypt. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses as a visitor. against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches Portugal has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 18 of the last 21 matches they have played have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
The Portuguese team comes to this game after a scoreless draw against Belgium, adding the third consecutive game without knowing victories in friendly games. Coach Fernando Santos plays in 4-4-2, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly through the flanks: Gelson Martins and João Mário must play on the flanks of the local team. Bernardo Silva is one of the most important players in the Portuguese tactical scheme, since he has great technical quality and speed. It should be noted that the star Cristiano Ronaldo is back to the options of the Portuguese coach.
This is the visitor’s 5th friendly match of the year, after previous friendlies in which they recorded the following results: Algeria (2-3) Islands of Cape Verde, Saudi Arabia (2-0) Algeria, Iran (2-1) Algeria and Algeria (4-1) Tanzania. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 26 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 41 goals scored and 16 conceded. In the last 7 away matches Algeria has tied 2 and lost 5. The team has not been very strong defensively, having suffered goals in the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, since who scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition In 9 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
The selection of Algeria comes to this friendly after a defeat against Cape Verde, by 2-3, totaling in this way the third rebuff followed in friendly games of preparation. Unlike his rival, Algeria will not be present at the 2018 World Cup. In this friendly match against Portugal, coach Rabah Madjer must play in 4-2-3-1, with Bounedjah being the highest offensive benchmark in the game. equipment. However, the Algerian national team must opt for a more defensive strategy, since the opponent has great technical and tactical quality. For this game the coach does not have important absences.
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