India’s quest for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on the 11th of June, against Oman. The Sree Kanteerava Stadium, that is the home venue for BFC will play host for this crucial venture.
India vs Oman: Match Details
Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Time: 19:00 PM Local time
Stephen Constantine will be without defender Sandesh Jhingan and Jeje Lalpheklua. While the loss comes as a blow for the immediate needs of the Indian football team, the 22-year old, Sandesh will be out for a while. Constantine suggested the possibility of the recurrence of a shoulder injury sustained during the ISL.
Stephen Constantine mentioned that Arnab Mondal would captain the side on Thursday and it seems as if the coach has been able to create an atmosphere of confidence and optimism. Constantine was quick to mention that his side will fight no matter what:
“We will fight till the very end. From the first second, the first minute till the very last second.”
X Factor: Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri will certainly be the x-factor coming into the fixture. While the 30-year old has been otherwise consistent in netting goals, he has scored just two goals in the I League this season. When quizzed about his poor goal-scoring form, the former Indian skipper was quick to reply:
“Yes, thank you for reminding me. My mother also tells me the same thing. Yes, I do understand that I have scored just the couple of goals and it has been a bad season for me. However, (not to sound cocky), I always step into the field knowing that I will score .”
Paul Le Guen: Will not take India lightly
Paul Le Guen has been in charge of the Oman side for almost four years now. Apart from knowing his squad inside out, Le Guen will also be aware of the threat that can be posed by India. Sunil Chhetri, Holicharan Nazary and the amazing Jackichand Singh are the key Indian players who could spring a surprise on the visitors.
Oman custodian and skipper Ali Al-Habsi and Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali will be the key players for Oman.
India vs Oman: Head-to-Head
India and Oman have faced off four times in the past with the latter winning two and drawing two games. The last time these two met at Muscat, a splendid performance from Ali Al-Habsi saw Oman pick up a massive 5-1 win over the Indians.
In terms of rankings, the Indians are currently ranked 141, while Oman are ranked at the 101st place.
The Sports Rediscovered team predicts a 1-1 draw with the Indian squad helped by some strong home crowd support and astute coaching.