Russia meets Algeria Thursday in a key Group H matchup action at Arean Da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. This game will be a up and down match as both teams need to lay it on the line.  Algeria can earn a ticket with a victory over Russia and advance. Russia needs a victory over Algeria by two or more goals to keep it 2014 World Cup dream alive.

Algeria is coming into the match after a 4-2 win over South Korea but lost their opening game 2-1 to Belgium. Algeria is led by Forward Islam Skimani who played well in the South Korea match scoring one and goal and assisting on another.

Russia has not been too far from being in a much stronger position in terms of being on top of the table in its group but Capello’s team now needs to prove it as it has the opportunity to do so against Algeria.  

This is going to be a up and down match with both teams leaving it on the field. Algeria is going to try to replicate their fire power from their last match while Russia will look to play a traditional Eastern European Futbol and use strong finishing to take down the Algerians.

I predict that this match will end in a draw and Algeria will advance as this is a somewhat evenly match up two teams that have the same motives.

My Prediction: 2-2 Draw

Betting Odds: (bovada.lv)

Algeria 5/2

Russia 11/10

Draw 5/2

Over/Under: 2.5 goals