Algeria vs Russia 2014 World Cup Preview

Algeria have been one of the surprise packets of the 2014 World Cup and have the opportunity to qualify for the second round of the tournament for the first time in their history when they take on Russia at Arena da Baicada at Curitiba tomorrow morning at 6am (AEST).

Algeria went into their opening World Cup clash with Belgium as massive underdogs, but stunned their fancied opponents with the opening goal in the 24th minute and continued to frustrate the Belgians throughout the fixture.

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Belgium got out of jail with a couple of late goals from Marouane Fellani and Dries Mertens, but the result showed that Algeria were a genuine chance of getting out what is considered one of the weakest pools at the 2014 World Cup.

Algeria showed that their opening performance was no fluke when they dismantled a stunned South Korean defense to score three goals in the opening forty minutes and record their first World Cup win since 1982.

That win puts Algeria in the box seat to qualify for the second round of the 2014 World Cup, requiring just a single point in their clash with Russia, and if they are able to replicate a similar performance they will prove very tough to beat.

Russian coach Fabio Capello has sent his team out to defend in their first two World Cup fixtures, but his side will be forced to chase three points against Algeria tomorrow morning.

Russia were strong defensively against South Korea, with the Asian side only getting on the score sheet thanks to a Igo Akinfeev howler, but rarely looked threatening in attack and scored their only goal courtesy of some poor South Korean defending.

The European side produced an improved effort against Belgium and the Belgians struggled to break down the Russia defense for most of the match, but the Russians were once again far from convincing in attack.

Russia will need to score at least one goal to be any chance of getting out of the pool and Capello made be forced to take some risks and gives the likes of Artyom Dzyuba an opportunity up front.

Despite their strong form at the 2014 World Cup to date, Algeria are available at odds of $3.60 to defeat Russia with Ladbrokes.com.au and that represents great value, as the Russians will be forced to go away from their traditional game plan and chase goals.

The $3.50 on offer for the draw is also good value, while those who believe the Russians can score their maiden win of their World Cup campaign can pick up odds of $2.10.

Another betting options that are worth a look include the $10 on offer for Algeria to win 1-0, the $10 on offer for a 0-0 draw as well as the $6 available for Algeria to win to nil.

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