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13 Jan 2019

AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Bahrain- Preview and prediction

India vs Bahrain: Match preview and predictions

After losing to UAE in their second match of the AFC Asian Cup, India will be taking on Bahrain tomorrow in their third and last match of the group stage.

India are currently second in the group table, and a win will guarantee them a place in the knockout round of the tournament.

Here is the match preview and prediction.

In context

India vs Bahrain: Match preview and predictions
Indian forwards need to be consistent

Forwards

Indian forwards need to be consistent

India's loss against UAE was not a fault of their defenders, but forwards who failed to find the back of the net in the game.

The worst part of the loss was that India were impressive and held the Emirati at bay and managed to create numerous opportunities but couldn't convert them.

Constantine said the players were "bitterly disappointed" with the loss.

Midfielders

Indian mid-fielders will be crucial in the match

In both the matches, against Thailand and UAE, Indian mid-fielders Pronay Haldar and Anirudh Thapa were key figures.

They have proved they can keep hold of the ball and are impressive passers.

While Halder lays back, Thapa can go forward and help in creating chances.

Further, he has already proved his merit with the beautiful finish against Thailand.

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Bahrain to be taken seriously despite no win yet

Bahrain

Bahrain to be taken seriously despite no win yet

Jamal Rashid and Mohamed Al Romaihi, the two strikers whom Bahrain will be fielding, might cause problems for India.

Romaihi is an accomplished striker, and he is usually the center of Bahrain's game. What India should try is to contain his movements from the first minute.

Notably, Bahrain's confidence will also be low after winning just a single point from two matches.

Predicted line-up

Predicted line-up and TV listing

India (4-4-2): Sandhu, Bose, Edathodika, Jhingan, Kotal, Narzary, Halder, Thapa, Singh, Kuruniyan, Chhetri.

Bahrain (4-2-3-1): Alawi, Juma, Al Hayam, Al-Shamsan, Issa, Saeed, Al Aswad, Al Safi, Madan, Rashid, Al Romaihi.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 9:30 PM tomorrow and can be watched on the Star network or live-streamed on Hotstar.

Who will be the key players in the fixture?

Key players

Who will be the key players in the fixture?

For India, Sandesh Jhingan will be the key player among defenders, and a lot will depend on him when Bahrain attack.

Pronay Halder and Anirudh Thapa, the two pillars of the team, will dictate the game, while Chhetri and Kuruniyan create goal-scoring chances.

Al Safi and Al Aswad will be Bahrain's trump cards while Al Romaihi will be the attack's focal point.

Prediction

Match prediction: Things looking positive for India

All things considered, India should enjoy an advantage tomorrow, and have a clear chance of victory if they start hitting the target from the first half.

Bahrain will be under pressure, losing to Thailand, which lost 4-1 against India.

If all things pan out in favor, Constantine's men can emerge victorious with a scoreline of 2-0.

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Most asked questions

If India win, are they guaranteed to qualify to the next round?

Who are leading the table right now?

Which nations have qualified for the next round?

When does the knockout stage of the competition begin?

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If India win, are they guaranteed to qualify to the next round?

Asked 15 hours ago by Chirag Jhadav

Answered by NewsBytes

Certainly. They lead 3rd placed Thailand with a three-goal margin as well.

Who are leading the table right now?

Asked 15 hours ago by Vihaan Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

UAE are leading the Group A table with four points.

Which nations have qualified for the next round?

Asked 15 hours ago by Muhammad Bose

Answered by NewsBytes

Japan, Jordan, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already qualified to the next round.

When does the knockout stage of the competition begin?

Asked 15 hours ago by Ishan Dasgupta

Answered by NewsBytes

The knockout stage of the Asian Cup begins from January 20.

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