Preview: India vs Maldives
Maldives to face India on Sunday to confirm a place in the semi final of SAFF Suzuki Cup

Preview: India vs Maldives

Shimaaz Ali 08 September 2018 - 14:46

Dhaka, BANGLADESH - Maldives started this year's SAFF Suzuki Cup campaign after a goalless draw against Sri Lanka in Group B. Maldives needs a draw against the regional heavy weights to confirm their berth in the semi-final from this group.

However, India  will eye a win against the Maldives in their second match of the SAFF Suzuki Cup on Sunday to qualify for the semi-finals as the toppers of Group ‘B’.

India vs Maldives

Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka

Capacity: 36,000 spectators

Kick-off: 19:00 (18:00 Hrs Maldives time)

TEAM NEWS

Indian tactician, Stephen Constantine is expected to field an unchanged team which took the field against Sri Lanka. After outclassing Sri Lanka by 2-0 in their opening match, India will eye a win against Maldives in their second match of the SAFF Suzuki Cup on Sunday.

Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte played a stellar role on the flanks in the last match and will be expected to repeat their performance against Maldives.

Maldives were held for a goalless draw by Sri Lanka on Friday. Maldives need to avoid a defeat by less than two goals to confirm their place in the semi-final of the competition.

MATCH PREVIEW

Maldives national team coach Petar Segrt has said that they have everything in their hand to qualify for the semi final of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018.

"We played good football specially in the first half and it was a good game for both teams. Still we have everything in our hand and one win against India and we will be in the semi final. India is a very good team and the only thing is to prepare the team against India. My goal against India is to win or draw and confirmed a place in the semi final. But i don't like goalless draws." Said Petar.

PROBABLE LINE-UP: INDIA

Vishal Kaith (GK), Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhashish Bose, Anirudh Thapa, Germanspreet Singh, Sumit Pass, Sarthak Golui, Farukh Choudhary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mohammad Sajid Dhot.

PROBABLE LINE-UP: MALDIVES

HEAD TO HEAD

30 Nov 1987     India 5-0 Maldives       South Asian Federation Games

09 Sep 1997     Maldives 2-2 India       SAFF Championship

13 Sep 1997     India 5-1 Maldives       SAFF Championship

17 Nov 1998     India 2-1 Maldives       International Friendly

29 Apr 1999     India 2-1 Maldives       SAFF Championship

04 Oct 1999     India 3-1 Maldives      South Asian Federation Games

08 May 2000     Maldives 1-0 India     Golden Jubilee Tournament

14 Dec 2005     Maldives 0-1 India      SAFF Championship

07 Jun 2008     Maldives 0-1 India      SAFF Championship

14 Jun 2008     India 0-1 Maldives      SAFF Championship

09 Dec 2009     Maldives 2-0 India      SAFF Championship

13 Dec 2009     Maldives 0-0 India      SAFF Championship

10 Jul 2011     Maldives 1-1 India       International Friendly

09 Dec 2011     Maldives 1-3 India      SAFF Championship

25 Aug 2012     India 3-0 Maldives      International Friendly

09 Sep 2013     Maldives 0-1 India     SAFF Championship

31 Dec 2015     India 3-2 Maldives     SAFF Suzuki Cup

India and Maldives faced each other 17 times and India are on the better side after winning 12 times and lost to Maldives in just two occasions. Maldives lifts SAFF Championship in 2008 after beating India by 1-0.

 
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