Bangladesh will take on India as their third fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. India is eying to their first three-point in this competition while Bangladesh is hoping to open their point table account with a draw at least.
India vs Bangladesh
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier,
Group E, Asia
Date: 15 Oct, 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 (Local), 20:00 (BD Time)
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Head to head
Bangladesh team news
Bangladesh suffered a 2-0 home defeat against the Asian Champion Qatar last week. Neither the result nor the scoreline will be able to describe Bangladesh’s performance. In fact, the hosts had too many positives to take in from that game.
While maintaining a flawless defense shield, the Red and Green had scared Qatar for numerous occasions with their quick moves. In terms of ball possessions and passing, Bangladesh was way behind the Qataris, but they had the best chances to score than the visitors. The finishing was not there for them.
Obviously, the muddy turf helped the hosts a lot, but they still had to resist the Asian Champions from scoring too many goals. Jamie Day’s disciples have shown their characters throughout the 90 minutes.
Bangladesh boss Jamie Day must give the credit to the boys for improving their fitness level. Although he has admitted that India, who are currently ranked 104 in FIFA ranking, are the favorites to win the contest. Bangladesh are currently placed 187th on FIFA rankings.
Whatever, Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan said that his team is not scared at all. He said, ” The ground, the crowd and also all the pressures are on India’s side.”
“Here, we had nothing to lose. All we have to do is nothing but enjoying our own game.”
India team news
India are currently 4th in Group E of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. A win is crucial for the Blue Tigers, having one point from two games.
In their last game, India earned a vital one point from an away goalless draw against the Asian Champion Qatar. Surely, that particular game pumped up the confidence level of the Blue Tigers.
In this game, Igor Stimac’s side should be looking to go on attacks, without draining their energy. The Blue Tigers will also be looking to find more scorers on the attacking end.
After missing the last game against Qatar due to injury, India’s regular skipper Sunil Chhetri will be featured in this game.
India vs Bangladesh: Probable lineups
India (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Anas Edathodika, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
Bangladesh (4-4-2): Ashraful Rana, Raihan Hasan, Rahmat Mia, Yeasin Khan, Rahmat Mia, Biplu Ahmed, Mohammad Ibrahim, Jamal Bhuyan, Sohel Rana, Saad Uddin, Nabib Newaz Ziban