Algeria is a long shot not only to win the World Cup, but also to make it out of their group.
The squad does have a solid midfield, but they do not have a great attack or defense and that could hurt them in group play. The squad is playing in back to back World Cups for the first time since 1982 and 1986.
World Cup odds makers are not giving them much love, as they have the worst odds from any team from Africa, according to Gamblingsites.net.
Algeria Odds to win World Cup 2014: +150000
Algeria Odds to win Group H: 2800
Luckily for Algeria they are not playing in the toughest group, but betting odds have them finishing at the bottom of the group stage, which is exactly where they finished in 2010.
The roster really lacks world-class talent and since they do not feature a great striker they will have to win low scoring matches and hope for draws to have any chance to advance to the last 16, which they have never done.
World Cup Prediction for Algeria
Algeria is in Group H with Belgium, the group favorite, Russia, and South Korea. Their first group match is facing Belgium and even though that squad lost their key FW for the tournament the Algerians are outmatched.
The South Korea match is the one they have a chance to take points away from with their solid midfield. Russia creates a major match up problem since they have a great defense and a solid midfield.
Algeria will not fare well against Belgium or Russia and while they may get a point or three facing South Korea they will not advance to the last 16.
How Algeria got to the World Cup
Not easily to say the least, as they needed a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the second leg of their playoff to advance to Brazil. However, in qualifying they won seven of their 10 matches and in three of their last four they came though on the defensive side of the pitch with three clean sheets.
The best team in their group qualifying was Egypt and they had a key win at home facing them
World Cup 2014
World Cup Qualifying Results
02/06/12 Algeria 4 - 0 Rwanda
10/06/12 Mali 2 - 1Algeria
26/03/13 Algeria 3 - 1 Benin
09/06/13 Benin 1 - 3 Algeria
16/06/13 Rwanda 0 - 1 Algeria
10/09/13 Algeria 1 - 0 Mali
12/10/13 Burkina Faso 3 - 2 Algeria
19/11/13 Algeria 1 - 0 Burkina Faso
World Cup Group Play Schedule
17/06/14 Belgium vs. Algeria- Estadio Mineirão
22/06/14 Korea Republic vs. Algeria - Estadio Beira-Rio
26/06/14 Algeria vs. Russia - Arena da Baixada
Team Key Players
Saphir Taider - MF Inter Milan - Tadier is a young MF that likes to spurn the attack and he may be the best scoring threat the team has.
Yacine Brahimi - MF Granada - He has to play alongside Tadier and must play good defense and offense this summer.
Madjid Bougherra FW Lekhwiya SC - The veteran has international experience in England and Scotland and he scored the crucial goal facing Burkina Faso to send the squad to Algeria.