Kolkata: After a long break, the Indian men’s football team will visit Vietnam and try to keep the silverware after their heroic AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign.
The Hung Thinh tournament will provide team India an opportunity to play against a formidable opponent in the form of Vietnam. India will be keen to continue the form shown shown last June and win the tournament. Coach Igor Stimac seemed confident before leaving for Vietnam and told journalists that he believes that his side is capable of winning the title.
India – By winning the Hung Thinh friendly competition, the Blue Tigers hope to make the most of the current international break. Stimac believes the team is in terrific form. The team wants to build on its impressive performance in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers heading into the competition. With the exception of a few players, the Indian team is almost fully represented on the road. This demonstrates the team’s purpose, which is to beat Singapore in their opening game in order to get off to a strong start. Importantly, India now has a right to win the opening game because tournament favourites Vietnam has defeated Singapore 4-0. Therefore, the Indian players must demonstrate on the field the trust that the coach has publicly placed in them in order to get off to a successful start.
Singapore – Singapore will attempt to rebound in its second game after a poor tournament debut in which it fielded seven players with fewer than 15 caps. To maintain its title prospects, the club must win the game. So, against India, we may anticipate a full-strength team.
With a few dependable starters, the Singaporean team’s core is highly strong. Many of these players have the ability to affect the outcome of a game in an instant. These players don’t want to make the same mistakes they did in their first game because they have their sights set on awards.
Last Five Matches
India – Won – Won – Won – Loss – Loss
Singapore – Loss – Won – Loss – Loss – Loss
India and Singapore have faced off each other 12 times across all competitions and friendlies. Among which, India bagged 4 games, and Singapore have won 7 games, while the other game ended in a draw. However The Blue tigers faced the Lions of Asia 10 years back. In that match, the Blue Tigers suffered a 2-0 loss.
Probable Starting Lineups
India’s Predicted XI : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Naorem Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra; Anirudh Thapa, Jeakson Singh; Lallianzuala Chhangte, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Sunil Chhetri (C).
Singapore’s Predicted XI: Hassan Sunny (GK); Irfan Fandi, Hariss Harun (C), Amirul Adli; Nazrul Nazari, Shahdan Sulaiman, Shah Shahiran, Adam Swandi, Sahil Suhaimi, Ikhsan Fandi, Taufik Suparno.
Match and Telecast details
Match: India vs Singapore (International FIFA Friendly)
Date: 24th September 2022
Venue: Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,
Timings: 5:30 PM IST.
Live Telecast and Streaming: Eurosport (Telecast), Jio TV and Next Sports Youtube (Streaming)