After wins in the previous friendly matches, it will be an all North African affair when giants Tunisia host African champions Algeria in a friendly match in Rades on Friday. Both teams are preparing for the coming World Cup qualifiers in September. Tunisia, the hosts here, are coming from a 1-0 win over DR Congo, and while that was their first clean sheet in four matches, they have no loss in the last 12. They have a pretty consistent scoring run; in the last 14 matches, they’ve failed to score in just one game, a 0-0 draw with Cameroon in a 2019 friendly match. At home, they are unbeaten in their last seven matches, six of which they have won and they have five clean sheets in the seven.
Algeria are also on a good run and going to this game, they managed a third straight win in beating Mali 1-0. That was the first time in the last seven matches that they failed to hit two or more goals, but it was their 10th straight unbeaten outing. In those 10 matches, Algeria have managed seven wins. In their last 28 matches, Algeria have lost just once, a 3-0 reverse against Morocco. While they are impressive in attack, Algeria have conceded in five of their last seven matches and seven of their last 10 matches have seen over 2.5 goals. These two nations have met five times in the last 10 years, and each has two wins.
Both Algeria and Tunisia go to this game on the back of good runs and there’s really little to separate them. Even from their previous meetings, they seem well balanced and going to this game they are holding on lengthy unbeaten runs. Back this game to produce a draw.