Team India will be back in action on Tuesday as they take on Macau in their 3rd game of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
This will a first ever meeting between India and Macau in International Football. India is on top of the table after winning both their matches against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic. Macau is last in the group and is yet to open their goal tally in the group. They have also let in the most number goals.
On the other hand, India is high on confidence after winning the Hero Tri-nations Cup in Mumbai a week back.
183 ranked Macau will have to be at their best to defeat the well organized Indian team who are unbeaten in the past 10 matches. India has won both the qualifiers and will look forward to maintaining the same winning record.
Weather could play an important role during the qualifiers as in the last few weeks have seen a heavy wind flow.
Skipper Sunil Chhetri and star goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who had missed the Hero Tri-nations Cup due to their club commitments are back with the squad.
After missing 4 games, Udanta Singh is back with the national side who had played an important role in the away win against Myanmar. Although India managed to win the Hero Tri-nations Cup, the performance was not up to the mark and India will be hoping to put up a strong performance away from home.
With Chhetri, Sandhu, and Udanta coming back into the side, they could replace Robin, Jackichand, and Subrata in the starting line-up.
India will face Macau again next month at home. Winning both these encounters against Macau could ensure India’s place in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with a home game against Myanmar and away game against the Kyrgyz Republic still remaining.
Squad for AFC Asian Cup:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Albino Gomes.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Arnab Mondal, Salam Ranjan Singh, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Md. Rafique, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Halicharan Narzary.
Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh.
Probable Lineup For AFC Asian Cup Qaulifier
Gurpreet, Pritam, Jhingan, Anas, Narayan, Borges, Lyngdoh, Chetri, Narzary, Udanta, Jeje
TIME & DATE
September 5, 2017 – Tuesday
Kick-off: 5 PM IST
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