IND vs OMN Dream11: India go into their next game in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign against Oman, knowing a win is the only result which will keep their qualification hopes alive. The Men in Blue are 4th in Group E, having failed to win in four games so far.
That said, India are only themselves to blame for the precarious situation it finds itself in. No disrespect to Bangladesh and Afghanistan but India have to start winning games against the teams we just mentioned if it wants to move closer towards the ultimate dream of playing in the World Cup in the foreseeable future.
India, as a football country, is heading in the right direction. The emergence of the Indian Super League has given the sport much-needed limelight and financial sustainability. The talent pool is becoming bigger, there is enough experience on the roster. That's why the recent results are hard to swallow. However, Igor Štimac is still new in his job as an India football team manager and needs time to impart his philosophy on this team.
Though qualifying for Qatar is hard now, India have a lot to play still in their qualifying campaign. The tournament also serves as a qualifying round for the 2023 Asian Cup with the third-placed teams and the best four fourth-placed teams from the eight groups earning a spot in the qualifying rounds od Asia's premier football competition.
Oman, meanwhile, are aiming high as they sit 2nd on the points table with nine points. They have a big five points advantage over 3rd placed Afghanistan, while India are further six points away. With just three rounds of matches to go after this match, Oman knows a point will them a world of good in their grand scheme of things.
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Competition: World Cup 2022 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 19, @ 08:30 PM
Match Venue: Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex
Oman are placed as an odds-on favorite to clinch the win in this game. In fact, the goals-to-nil win has more value than any other result. There are good reasons here, as India failed to keep a clean sheet against both Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and Oman are far superior to both these teams.
Here are the odds:
Oman to win (half time and full time): 1/5 (1.2) | Probability: 83.33%
Draw: 11/2 (6.5) | Probability to happen: 15.38%
A win for India: 12/1 (13.00) | Probability to happen: 7.69%
Oman team news:
Oman have a clean bill of health ahead of this game. Following Oman's 4-1 thrashing of Bangladesh, head coach Erwin Koeman has no reason whatsoever to flirt with the playing 11 here. Expect the hosts to remain unchanged here.
India team news:
India's first-choice center-back Sandesh Jhingan remains out due to injury as does midfielder Amarjit Kiyam. But Anas Edathodika is back in the team after missing the last game due to the passing of his mother. Head coach, Stimac couldn't hold himself back from Edathodika ‘s character.
“But I want to mention that he has come back to serve to country. I have players like him in our team and I'm proud of them. His return boosts the team,” Stimac said.
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Anas Edathodika, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Narender, Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke, Sarthak Golui
Midfielders: Jackichand Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Vinit Rai, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Brandon Fernandes, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sahal Abdul Samad, Pronay Halder, Udanta Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary
Oman: Al-Rushaidi (GK), Mohammed Al-Musalami, Ali Al-Busaidi, Saad Al-Mukhaini, Abdulaziz Al Ghailani, Salaah Al-Yahyaei, Al Mandhar Al Alawi, Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Harib Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali
India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke / Pritam Kotal, Adil Khan, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Desai, Raynier Fernandez, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
Goalkeeper- Ali Al-Habsi
Defenders- A Khan, M Faraj-Al-Rawahi, I Al-Hadi, A Al-Ghilani
Midfielders- Udanta Singh, A M Al-Alawi, H Al-Saadi (VC), M Al-Khaldi, Brandon Fernandes
Forwards- Mohammed-Al- Ghassani (C)
Oman are the clear-cut favorites to win this match.