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India vs Afghanistan: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction

India Set to face Afghanistan in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

After an 11 match winless streak, India secured the first win against Bangladesh in two years. A double goal by Sunil Chetrri against Bangladesh in the last match ensured three points to the Blue tigers. Now, The National Team of India is all set to face Afghanistan in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint Qualifiers on Tuesday. The qualifier will take place at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium starting from 7:30 (IST) in Qatar.

At current the Blue Tigers are placed third in the Group E table of FIFA World Cup Qualifier with just one win and three draws in 7 fixtures. Indian Team head coach Igor Stimac aims to finish third in the table and book a place in the AFC Asian Cup.

A single point against Afghanistan will directly send the Indian team to the third round of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.

India vs Afghanistan Preview:

Afghanistan is a tough team to play against, last time the two teams met the match seemed to be going into Afghanistan’s hand as they had an early goal. However, an injury-time equalizer from Seimen Doungel braced India to steal one point from Afghanistan.

India face Afghanistan in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Indian Team set to face Afghanistan

Playing against Afghans will be completely different from playing against Bangladesh, as they possess some real talented players. Indian midfielders have to do a lot of work during the match, while the defense needs to be strong enough to stop the Afghans striker to score.

Meanwhile, Afghans will be looking to gather three points from the match that will take them up the table above India at third place. During their last match against Oman, they manage to narrow their loss to 2-1.

Key Players:

Brandon Fernandes played a vital role in the match against Bangladesh. His brilliant man-to-man passing helped the Indian side to maintain the major part of possession in their books. The star midfielder of FC Goa made 7 key passes with about 80% accuracy.

Winger Ashique Kuruniyan delivered a pinpoint cross in the far post that was sent to the back of the net by the skipper. He is also known for his pacey run that can trouble Afghanistan’s defenders.

Manvir Singh, who has the potential to infiltrate the opponents’ defense with his pace and his ability to shoot, is unarguable.

In the last match against Bangladesh, Sunil Chettri passed Lionel Messi in terms of an active international goal scorer. Thus, fans will want him to bag more goals to his tally.

PREDICTED SCORE:

India 1-1 Afghanistan

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