After the 4-1 win in the opening Group A game of the Asian Cup against Thailand, team India is all set to lock horns with the host team UAE on 10th January (Thursday) at ZCS Stadium, Abu Dhabi. India is leading the point table for Group A by winning the opening match, while the team of United Arab Emirates had played a draw in the first game against Bahrain.
FIFA Rankings clearly shows gap between the two teams. UAE is ranked 79th and India at 97th place means, the task for Sunil Chettri led India will not be easy. The Indian Tigers have failed to win against The Whites (Al-Abyad) in their last five attempts. They have faced each other once previously in the Asian Cup, in 1984 when the UAE won 2-0.
|H-2-H||GAMES||IND WINS||DRAWS||UAE WINS||GOALS (IND)||GOALS (UAE)||WIN % [IND]|
|IND v UAE||11||2||1||8||7||24||18.18 %|
Notwithstanding the difference in the rankings or past records, UAE knows India this time will not be easy to handle. With Thailand win under their belt, Indian boys will be all pumped up for one more super-show.
Fans can catch all the matches live in India on the Star Sports network. Star Sports, the official broadcaster of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, will telecast all the India games in English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, and Malayalam. Other then this, Star India’s OTT player Hotstar will live stream all the matches LIVE on its platform.
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhashish Bose, Narayan Das
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackiechand Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Ashique Kuruniyan, Halicharan Narzary
FORWARDS: Sumeet Passi, Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
GOALKEEPER: Khalid Eisa (Al Ain), Ali Khaseif (Al Jazira), Mohamed Al Shamsi (Al Wahda)
DEFENDERS: Mohamed Ahmed (Al Ain), Ismail Ahmed (Al Ain), Khalifa Al Hammadi (Al Jazira), Fares Juma (Al Jazira), Khalifa Mubarak (Al Nasr), Al Hassan Saleh (Al-Sharjah), Walid Abbas (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai)
MIDFIELDERS: Bandar Al Ahbabi (Al Ain), Amer Abdulrahman (Al Ain), Mohamed Abdulrahman (Al Ain), Khalfan Mubarak (Al Jazira), Majed Hassan (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Ismail Al Hammadi (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Ali Salmeen (Al Wasl), Khamis Esmail (Al Wasl), Saif Rashid (Sharjah)
FORWARDS: Ali Mabkhout (Al Jazira), Ahmed Khalil (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Ismail Matar (Al Wahda), Mohammad Khalvan (Al-Fujairah)