Preview: Maldives v Sri Lanka
Maldives to play against Sri Lanka in their opening game of 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup

Preview: Maldives v Sri Lanka

Shimaaz Ali 06 September 2018 - 09:36

Dhaka, BANGLADESH - Winners of 2008 SAFF Suzuki Cup, Maldives will kick of this year's campaign against Sri Lanka on Friday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka.

Sri Lanka lost their opening game against defending champions, India by 2-0 and they played a very defensive match against the regional heavy weights. However, things will be different against the Maldives.

MALDIVES v SRI LANKA

Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka

Kick-off time: 1800 Hrs

TEAM NEWS

Sri Lanka will face against the Maldives in a must win game to stay in the tournament. Head coach Pakir Ali has said that they can get a good result against the Maldives after correcting the mistakes they made against India in their opening game.

Maldives national team coach Petar Segrt said Sri Lanka is a strong side and they made a good result against Lithuania and Bangladesh recently. So, we must be careful and respectful to them. But we are not afraid of no body.

Segrt also highlighted about the importance of getting the match venue at least once for a training but said that according to the schedule of the tournament it's not possible to do so and he respect that.

PROBABLE LINE-UP

FORM

Maldives - W W W

Sri Lanka - L L W

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Maldives and Sri Lanka met 18 time in all competitions including the friendlies. Maldives won against Sri Lanka on 7 occasions and lost just three times. They were leveled 8 times.

13 Oct 1984     Sri Lanka 5 - 2 Maldives        International Friendly

26 Dec 1991     Sri Lanka 0 - 1  Maldives      South Asian Federation Games

22 Dec 1993     Sri Lanka 0 - 0 Maldives       Dhaka, Bangladesh

10 Sep 1997     Maldives 2 - 1 Sri Lanka       SAFF Championship

16 Oct 1998     Maldives 0 - 0 Sri Lanka       South Asian Nations Cup

15 Nov 1998     Sri Lanka 2 - 2 Maldives      International Friendly

23 Apr 1999     Sri Lanka 0 - 0 Maldives      SAFF Championship

24 Sep 1999     Sri Lanka 0 - 4 Maldives      South Asian Federation Games

01 May 2000     Maldives 1 - 1 Sri Lanka     Golden Jubilee Tournament

10 May 2000     Maldives 1 - 1 Sri Lanka     Golden Jubilee Tournament

04 Apr 2002     Sri Lanka 1 - 0 Maldives      International Friendly

06 Apr 2002     Sri Lanka 1 - 1 Maldives      International Friendly

18 Dec 2004     Maldives 0 - 0 Sri Lanka     International Friendly

09 Dec 2005     Sri Lanka 0 - 2 Maldives     SAFF Championship

11 Jun 2008     Sri Lanka 0 - 1 Maldives     SAFF Championship

28 Mar 2009     Sri Lanka 1 - 1 Maldives     International Friendly

11 Dec 2009     Maldives 5 - 1 Sri Lanka     SAFF Championship

02 Sep 2013     Maldives 10 - 0 Sri Lanka   SAFF Championship

 
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