Algeria will begin their Africa Cup of Nations title defence against little-known Sierra Leone at the Japoma Stadium on Tuesday.

Algeria, the Desert Foxes, are undefeated in their last 34 games with the 2019 AFCON champions winning 21 matches in the last 27 outings.

In that period they have scored 79 goals and recorded 14 clean sheets.

Little-known Sierra Leone are registering their third AFCON debut in the history of the tournament and this is their first appearance since 1996.

They face Algeria with a sloppy form having won just one of their last 13 ganes in all competitions {D5 L7}.

Algeria and Sierra Leone have met five times across all competitions. In those outings, Algeria have won two times whilst Sierra Leone won once, and two games have ended in draws.

This will be their fourth encounter in the AFCON, with both sides recording one win each in the tournament.

The Desert Foxes begin their title defence campaign in Group E, where they are pooled together with Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

They are currently ranked third in Africa behind Senegal and Morocco and are voted as one of the favourites to lift the title this year.

The Djamel Belmadi’s side come into this tie on the back of a 3-0 win over Ghana in their last pre-AFCON friendly in Doha, Qatar.

The result extended their unbeaten run to 34 games in all competitions and conceding just once through out their title-winning streak in 2010.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone under the helm of John Keister are currently ranked 108th in the latest FIFA Rankings and the West African side only managed seven points in their six qualifying matches but qualified as runners-up in their group behind Nigeria.

John Keister’s side are one of the least experienced teams at this 33rd tournament and are featuring in their first AFCON since the 1996 edition in South Africa.

They are in a competitive group alongside Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea and their last two appearances in the tournament have ended in the group stage.