Islam Slimani has become arguably one of Algeria's biggest threats to look out for, having scored nine goals for his country in 17 appearances since 2012. Slimani could be the man to keep Algeria in the running for further tournament progress, being Algeria's best betting tip to pay out in first, last and anytime goalscorer markets against the likes of Belgium and Russia.
Following his time playing as a youth for WA Aïn Benian, Slimani moved to JSM Chéragafor a season in 2008. In a total of 20 appearances, the striker's goalscoring capabilities were clearly demonstrated by his final total of 18 goals for the club.
In May 2009, Slimani joined CR Belouizdad from JSM Chéraga for a transfer fee of 800,000 Algerian dinars, where his official debut came when he started against MC Oran in the opening week of the 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National.
His maiden season with Belouizdad saw him net eight goals from 30 appearances, which extended to 32 from a combined tally of 96 until 2013 which included scoring four goals in a league game against JS Kabylie.
On the 6 August 2013, Slimani joined Sporting Clube Portugal and quickly moved from being a deadly impact substitution to a regular starter for the Portuguese side. Scoring four goals in his first four starts, Slimani was declared the Algerian footballer of the year and he won the Algerian golden ball for 2013.
Slimani first achieved a call-up for the Algerian national team in May 2012, and has since been one of their strongest players on the pitch having scored a total of nine goals in just 17 appearances. During eight World Cup qualifiers he participated in, the Algerian striker netted five times including a brace against Benin..
Islam Slimani World Cup betting tips
Algeria gave as good as they got in the 2010 World Cup, and Slimani's added presence will surely give them a chance to break down the defence of Group H opposition which includes Russia and current hot topics, Belgium. With his striking ability, Slimani is a strong candidate for first/last and anytime goal scorer in individual goalscorer betting markets and he could cause a stir in Group H.