Germany v Algeria - Key battles: Former Fulham and City players crucial

Germany will be expected to reach the quarter-finals as they face Algeria, but there will be some key battles along the way.

Thomas Muller v Rafik Halliche

With four goals already, Muller is chasing his second Golden Boot in as many World Cups - if he succeeds, then it will be a record. He has shown that he not only has the ability of getting into great positions and finishing, but he can also score from distance and take pressure penalty too.

Halliche only played one league game during his time at Fulham but has proved the doubters wrong at this World Cup. Providing a sturdy defensive rock at the back, Halliche has helped secured Algeria qualification to the last 16 and could possibly help them further.

Islam Slimani v Jerome Boateng

Slimani boasts an impressive scoring record with 12 goals in 24 caps and two in this World Cup. He showed with his goal against Russia that he is more than capable in the air too.

Jerome Boateng didn’t have the best of times at Manchester City, but has improved since with his time at Bayern Munich. Boateng also has a habit of playing better internationally than he does at club level.

This won’t be an easy task for Slimani, but with a scoring record like that, Boateng will need to make sure he doesn’t let his guard down either.

Miroslav Klose v Essaid Belkalem

Everyone knows what Klose is capable of and is only one goal away from being the stand-alone all-time leading goalscorer at the World Cup. This hunger will drive him on to doing whatever is necessary to get that record.

For a player of 36 years of age, Klose is surprisingly fast, especially given his height, and is able to bring quick finishes and headers to his game.

Watford’s new acquisition Belkalem stands at 6ft 3in and is a tough defender to face. These two will be like a couple of battling stags coming together, and the winner may well decide the match.

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