SAFF Suzuki Cup Preview: Maldives vs India
Maldives vs India kick off time is 1800 Hrs (Maldives Time)

SAFF Suzuki Cup Preview: Maldives vs India

Shimaaz Ali 15 September 2018 - 09:57

Dhaka, BANGLADESH - Maldives advanced to the final of SAFF Suzuki Cup after beating in form Nepal by 3-0 after a poor performance in the group stage two games. Maldives lost to India by 2-0 in the group stage. However, India advanced to the final after beating Pakistan by 3-1 in the semi final.

This will be the fourth tie between the two sides in a SAFF Championship final after 1997, 2008 and 2009. Maldives' only triumph came in 2008 with a 1-0 win over India. Maldives lost to India 3-1 in the shootout in 2009 final against India at the same venue.

Maldives vs India

Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka

Capacity: 36,000 spectators

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

TEAM NEWS

Indian striker Manvir Singh has scored more goals than any other player at the 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup (three), including a brace in their 3-1 semi-final win over Pakistan. He also scored against Maldives in the group stage.

Sumeet Passi will have to be content with a place on the bench as Manvir Singh leads the goal scoring charts.

Ibrahim Waheed Hassan scored a brace in the semi final against Nepal even though they failed to score a single goal in the group stage two matches.

MATCH PREVIEW

The Maldives Head Coach Petar Segrt said, "We are facing a huge opponent. India has a population of 1.3 billion and we are 300,000. But tomorrow it will be 11v11 on the field." "If India is fielding U23 players, we are fielding semi-professionals. Most of our players work for eight hours and then train. I'm very proud of each one of them. It's a huge success for us to be in the final of this competition. We respect India, they're a big opponent. But this is our chance which we want to take it,"  Segrt added.

Head coach of the Indian team, Stephen Constantine, "I'm pleased with our progress in this competition. I think we've played very well and we deserve to be in the final. Maldives were excellent against Nepal, and I don't think anyone expected how well they would perform in that game. They have some really good players, and have our full respect, but we fear no one".

PROBABLE LINE-UP: INDIA

Vishal Kaith (GK), Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhashish Bose, Sarthak Golui, Anirudh Thapa, Davinder Singh, Farukh Choudhary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vinit Rai, Manvir Singh, Nikhil Poojari

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

09 Sep 2018     India 2-0 Maldives     SAFF Suzuki Cup

India and Maldives faced each other 18 times and India are on the better side after winning 13 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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