Pre-game: Algeria vs. Slovenia
DAY 3, MATCH 1
Slovenia vs. Algeria, Group C
Date and Location
June 13, Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (7 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
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What's at stake
If the prognosticators are right, then both Algeria and Slovenia simply fill the ledger in Group C. But, after Saturday's draw between the U.S. and England, a win by either Algeria or Slovenia might complicate the group.
Injuries and suspensions
No injury concerns for either team.
Player to watch for Slovenia
Robert Koren — Slovenia's captain and midfield conductor carefully dictates his countrymen's every move. Throughout qualifying, Slovenia was a pragmatic passing team because of his shrewd decisions and movements.
Player to watch for Algeria
Abdelkader Ghezzal — The Siena striker has come into his own over the last few seasons, developing into a well-rounded attacker who fearlessly runs through defenders.
Milivoje Novakovic vs. Antar Yahia — Two players who are easily instigated and whose tempers sometimes enhance or spoil their talents. It will indeed be fun to see their inevitable clash inside Algeria's 18-yard box.
"We head to South Africa proudly. Our goal is the second round, and we will try to achieve that." — striker Milivoje Novakovic
"There [is] a lot of willingness on the part of players, who have given a great deal in these last few weeks." — coach Rabah Saadane
World Cup head-to-head
Algeria is facing Slovenia for the first time.
Algeria and Slovenia have never met at senior level.