World Cup Qualfication | India vs Afghanistan ~ Match Preview


India vs Afghanistan

SCHEDULETIME
MATCHIndia vs Afghanistan
DATE15-06-2021
TIME7:30 PM (UTC +5:30)
STADIUMDoha
LEAGUEWorld Cup Qualification


FT | India | 1 - 1 | Afghanistan


Afghanistan, Following their first win last season, India only need a draw from their last game against Afghanistan on Tuesday to seal a place in the third round of
 qualifiers
Although Igor Stimac's side are out of the race to progress further in World Cup qualifiers – as Group E doubles as the second round of qualifiers for Qatar 2022 – they must not fail against their local rivals this week.
Buoyed by recording their first win of the AFC World Cup Qualifying process against Bangladesh in the previous match, India now need at least a point from their last game, against Afghanistan, to finish third in their section.
With all of this month's matches being held at Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, it will be too late for India to catch up to Oman and hosts Qatar - who are runaway leaders at the top of Group E - to reach the global final for the first time, but they could still be one step closer to reaching it. Asian Cup 2023.
The Blue Tigers' 2-0 win over close cousins ​​Bangladesh last Monday was a relief for former Croatia defender Stimac, as it was their first game in 11 games and allowed them to overcome this week's clash with a crucial one-point advantage over the Afghans.
Their next opponents, however, are a much more organized proposition than the lowly Bengal Tigers, with another South Asian affair soon to come having previously lost by just one goal to Qatar, despite dropping to 10 men in the opening half hour. .
India do have a healthy head-to-head record against Afghanistan, having lost once against them in the past and stealing a 1-1 draw from their previous clash, thanks to Seiminlen Doungel's late equalizer in neutral Tajikistan.
Head coach Stimac will once again rely heavily on the talent of playmaker Brandon Fernandes, as the FC Goa star established himself as one to watch during the 2021 AFC Champions League and has provided assists for three of the five goals India scored in the away qualifiers.
Since proceedings resumed earlier this month, however, Tuesday's 'away' side, Afghanistan, have suffered mixed fates.
After being held down by Bangladesh – the nation bottom of the group, with just two points at the stage – Anoush Dastgir's men narrowly lost to higher-ranked Oman; left them needing a final day win over India to finish third.
However, they came out emphatically against the Blue Tigers in their previous encounter and will still harbor hopes of adding to their second win of the season.
This time around, the Lions of Khorasan have been unable to sit back – with former midfield maestro Heerenveen and Twente Faysal Shayesteh perhaps holding the key to unlocking their near neighbours' defence.
Currently sitting in fourth place, Afghanistan know that only a win will help them leapfrog India, and failure to do so would send the world number 149 nation into the playoffs only to reach the third round of Asian Cup qualifiers.
Ahead of this crucial clash, the attacking pairing of Manvir Singh and Sunil Chhetri could be an integral part of India's fortunes, with Chhetri – scorer of both goals last time out – poised to claim his 118th cap, having scored 74 goals. dated.
Currently the second highest active international goalscorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo, the diminutive frontman will again be joined by Brandon Fernandes, who offers regular through ball passes from midfield.
Joining his FC Goa counterparts in the engine room, Glan Martins will be hoping to take the lead once again after an impressive debut in the Indian blue, against highly-rated Qatar.
Afghanistan, meanwhile, will rely on veterans such as Zohib Islam Amiri and Masih Saighani to combat India's offensive on Tuesday.
In midfield, Faysal Shayesteh should take on the 'number 10' role, with Dutch-born Farshad Noor set to appear in a deeper role – and as a current free agent, looking to attract new clubs.
Although Amredin Sharifi is the man on the ball, both Jabar Sharza and Norlla Amiri – both based in Nordic football – could start, with Omid Popalzay, who scored his third international goal recently, another strong contender for a place in the lineup. (red)

🔺 Indian Player Order Predictions vs. Afghanistan:

⭕ India: Sandhu; Jhingan, Bose, C. Singh; Martins, Fernandes, U. Singh, Wangjam, B. Singh; M. Singh, Chhetri

⭕ Afghanistan : Azizi; Saighani, Amiri, Mukhammed, D. Najem; A. Najem, Husin; Amiri, Noor, Shayesteh; Sharifi

✅ India vs. Score Prediction Afghanistan: 2-1
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