The coach of the Algerian national team Georges Leekens will most likely set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation when they take on the Super Eagles of Nigeria this weekend.
Algeria are under pressure after drawing their first tie at home to Cameroun while Nigeria are currently top of the group owing to their 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola.
However while the Nigerian team have been lucky with injuries in the build up to the game, same can’t be said about the Algerians who have had to contend with injury forced withdrawal of key players.
The latest casualty is Napoli ace Faouzi Ghoulam, and his absence could see Leekens switch his formation to a 3-4-3 style of play as opposed to his preferred 4-3-3.
Leekens plans to line up Cadamuro, Medjani and Mandi as part of a three man defence with West Ham United Sofiane Feghouli as the right wing back with Spurs loanee Nabil Bentaleb as the left wing back.
In the coming days a clear way of how the team will line up against Nigeria will be known but for now 3-4-3 look like the sure bet for the Algerians.