- India will be facing Oman in their 5th qualifying match, at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.
- The Blue Tigers have lost just one game in the qualifying matches, which was in September against their tonight's opponents Oman who came back from going a goal down to secure a 2-1 win against India.
- India are yet to impress in the qualifying matches so far, and will be playing a must win game tonight.
In their last game against Afghanistan, the Blues showed a lack of a killer instinct to bag the game despite dominating for long stretches. They were yet again dependent on a late goal that would fetch India some points in the group. It was the 2nd successive match in which this happened.
With 4 matches played so far, India are yet to prove to it’s loyal supporters that they are worthy of competing in the World Cup in the coming years.
India has already faced Oman in the first game of the qualifiers, where the latter came out as winners. It was a rather disappointing night for the Blues as they conceded a late goal to end up on the losing side.
Tonight’s game will be a tough one, as Oman has been relentless in the campaign. They defeated Bangladesh 4-1 in the last game played on 14th November. The hosts will also be looking to cement their place in the top 2 and very much capable of upsetting the travelling Indian side with their ruthless football.
The Indian side will need to be extra careful tonight, and the defenders will need to bring in their A-Game for them to have any chance of going up in the table.
Igor Stimac will need to field an experienced squad tonight that would leave no room for errors as they did in their last 2 games. The likes of Sahal Abdul Samad and Farukh Chaudhary and Brandon Fernandes should be included in the midfield, while Jakichand Singh, Seminlen Doungel and Sunil Chhetri should be the 3 attackers. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is expected to feature between the goal as usual while Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke, Mandar Rao and Pronay Halder will be the most probable defensive options.
Head to Head
India has played 8 games against Oman. The Blue Tigers have won just 1 game, while Oman has defeated India 5 times with 2 draws between the two.
In their last meeting, Oman came back from a goal down to secure a late winner. India’s defeat against Oman remains their only loss in the group so far and will be looking to upset the hosts at their home venue tonight.
India has a chance of qualifying for the next rounds of the World Cup Qualifiers should they make it to the top 2 of the table from the remaining 4 games. The top 2 teams also get a direct entry in the AFC cup.
|Oman vs India||19th November 2019||8:30 PM|
|India vs Qatar||23rd March 2020||tba|
|Bangladesh vs India||4th June 2020||tba|
|India vs Afghanistan||9th June 2020||tba|
Where to watch
The game will be broadcasted live on Sports Star 3. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV.