India face Bahrain of their third and last Group A fixture on the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as they appear to safe passage to the knockout stage for the primary time.
Stephen Constantine’s group have impressed on the event however will probably be ruing their poor ending in opposition to UAE as they now want a win in opposition to Bahrain to guarantee themselves of qualification or a draw to remain within the hunt for a spherical of 16 berth.
Listed here are three issues to look out for because the Blue Tigers tackle Bahrain on the Al-Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah at 9.30 PM IST:
3. India’s Profligacy in Assault
India have positioned lots of belief of their ending on the Asian Cup and to this point, that has decided their fortunes.
Their scientific ending helped them defeat Thailand 4-1 however the sport in opposition to UAE noticed them revert to kind as they have been profligate in entrance of aim, losing 5 good possibilities that ultimately noticed them lose 2-0.
The Blue Tigers want talisman Sunil Chhetri to be at his scientific greatest in opposition to Bahrain if they’re to make a fist of it and safe a constructive consequence.
He has been supported very effectively by Ashique Kuruniyan and Udanta Singh; the 2 of them want to make sure they take no matter possibilities come their method as effectively.
2. Bahrain Will Go for the Win
Bahrain got here into the event on the again of three consecutive wins of their final three specifically organized friendlies in December over Tajikistan, North Korea and Lebanon, giving them much-needed confidence.
After present process a resurgence underneath coach Miroslav Soukup, they reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Gulf Cup, making it to that stage after a decade. They impressed of their draw with UAE as they conceded a penalty to attract 1-1 regardless of dominating the sport. Their 1-Zero loss to Thailand noticed them dominate the ball however they might not create lots of possibilities.
The important thing males for The Purple will probably be Ali Madan, a pacy attacking midfielder who has a great left foot and takes a imply free-kick and Mohamed Al Romaihi, who has scored their solely aim to this point, and is sweet within the air. Their tendency is to assault from the flanks and cross the ball.
1. India’s Poor File Towards Bahrain
Bahrain have an important report in opposition to India, having gained 4 matches and drawn solely. They scored 13 objectives in these 5 matches, conceding solely three.
The Blue Tigers’ worst defeat to The Purple got here within the 2011 Asian Cup as they have been thrashed 5-2. Sunil Chhetri and Gouramangi Singh bought on the scoresheet however the Indians have been totally outplayed on the evening.
Constantine’s goal can be to go for the win and play with the identical constructive angle that the group have proven to this point on the event. A win won’t solely safe qualification to the knockout stage but in addition avenge their earlier losses.
Three issues to sit up for as India face Bahrain on the AFC Asian Cup 2019