AFC Asian Cup 2019, India Vs Thailand Preview: It’s India’s Defence Against Thai Attack
India have a real chance to make it to the knock-out rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964.
A certain India will look a trained execution against an assault disapproved of Thai side in their first match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup at Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
In spite of their higher FIFA positioning, India are the dark horses and a positive outcome against Thailand is basic for them to stand an opportunity to meet all requirements for the following stage.
With the mainland masterpiece occasion being extended to 24 groups out of the blue from the prior 16, India have a genuine opportunity to make it to the thump out rounds, which will be a first after their sprinters up completion in 1964.
Both in 1984 and 2011, India were thumped out of the competition at the gathering stage.
The two best sides from every one of the six gatherings made up of four nations just as four third-put groups will progress to the Round of 16.
India, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the competition on the back of a goalless stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian mentor Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the number one spot up to the competition. They lost barely (1-2) to Jordan in their third huge match in front of the Asian Cup.
These outcomes were gone before by a 13-coordinate unbeaten keep running in universal amicable matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home the previous summer.
Constantine’s players will likewise be quick to enhance the grievous execution of the nation in 2011 version when it severely lost all its gathering matches.
Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be urgent for India as a positive outcome will support the Stephen Constantine-trained group’s odds of making it to the Round of 16.
In the event that India beat Thailand on Sunday, an attract the staying two matches – against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) – could be sufficient for them to fit the bill for the thump out round.
Guarded control will be one of the key components for India against a Thailand group that scored a great deal of objectives at the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.
India are put 97th in the FIFA graphs contrasted with Thailand’s 118, however rankings will barely matter in the mainland masterpiece. Truth be told, India are the second most noteworthy positioned group in the gathering after the UAE.
Truly, India and Thailand have played against one another multiple times with the South East Asian country winning on 12 events. India have won multiple times while the staying seven were drawn.
Yet, the opposite sides are pretty much obscure amounts as they have played not very many matches against one another as of late. The last time the opposite sides played against one another was in 2010. Thailand won the two matches – 2-1 and 1-0.
The last time India beat Thailand was path, harking back to the 1986 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
On the eve of match, Constantine said that he “can hardly wait for the match to start”.
Gotten some information about Thailand losing to Oman a couple of days back while India drew with the West Asian nation, Constantine stated, “They are diverse groups with an alternate arrangement of players. Oman were experimenting with various players, as were Thailand.”
India will look to their magic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the objectives, yet the ongoing type of his strike accomplice Jeje Lalpekhlua could be a reason for concern. The Mizo, however, has it in him to deliver a great execution.
Sandesh Jhingan has led the barrier well and he will combine up with Anas Edathodika at the core of the backline. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in best shape as the last guarded defense.
Constantine will anticipate his first-decision wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, to supply enough conveyances forthright for Chhetri and Lalpekhlua.
For Chhetri, this will be his second appearance in the Asian Cup after the 2011 version. He is the main player in this group to have played in the 2011 competition. Goalkeeper Gurpreet was in the 2011 squad however did not play a solitary match.
Then again, Thailand’s best outcome in the mainland title came in 1972 when they completed third. From that point forward, they have neglected to beat the gathering stage leap in all the five events they fit the bill for the last round.
Thailand have come into the competition subsequent to neglecting to protect their AFF Championships title, losing to Malaysia in the elimination rounds yet that group did not have four key players who were based abroad.
Be that as it may, head mentor Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to quarterfinals in 2010 World Cup, named all the remote based players for the Asian Cup to reinforce the Thailand group however Belgium based goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan was precluded a week ago because of damage, which may end up being a help for India.
The South East Asian side still have the skipper and striker Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin – all utilizing exchange Japan’s best level J League.
The 30-year-old Dangda, who as of now plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League, is the main enduring part from Thailand’s last Asian Cup appearance in 2007 when the nation played host to the competition.
Somewhat little midfielder Songkrasin, nicknamed ‘Thai Messi’ and named in J-League’s Best XI, is as of now a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player while full-back Bunmathan plays for Vissel Kobe on credit.
A great deal of voyaging fans – the Blue Pilgrims – have officially arrived here to cheer for India. A great deal of exile Indians are likewise expected to crowd the Al Nahyan Stadium to help their group.