IND vs AFGH Dream11
India and Afghanistan lock horns in the final Group E game of Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2022/AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers.
India come into the game with a 2-0 win over Bangladesh and are placed 3rd in the Group E and only need a win to progress to the 3rd round of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers. Afghanistan find themselves one point short of their opponents at 4th place and need a win to progress. Both teams are out of contention for progressing to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers.
Date: 15th June 2021
Time: 07.30 PM IST
Venue: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar
India vs Afghanistan Live, World Cup Qualifiers Asia
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Head-to-head (last five meetings):
India Wins- 2
Afghanistan Wins– 1
IND vs AFGH Dream11 Prediction
Injury Report and Unavailability: Anirudh Thapa is doubtful for the clash due to lack of match fitness after returning from a borderline coronavirus positive test while Rowllin Borges is ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury.
Expected changes: Igor Stimac is not extended to make any changes to the team after the win over Bangladesh.
India Starting XI (Likely):
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Injury Report and Unavailability: Fardin Hakimi is out of selection from the clash due to an earlier injury.
Expected changes: No expected changes.
Afghanistan Starting XI (Likely):
Ovays Azizi (GK)
GK: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
DEF: Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Masih Saighani
MID: Brandon Fernandes, Bipin Singh, Omid Popalzay, Faisal Faysal Shayestah
FW: Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Amiruddin Sharifi
Sunil Chhetri: The Indian football team captain is the obvious choice for captaincy. He is the second highest active scorer in international competitions across the world and scored twice against Bangladesh to take India over the line.
Faisal Shayesteh: The Afghan midfielder will lead the centre of the park for the away nation. Shayestah is a veteran and has tonnes of experience of playing against sides like India who like to use the wings. Shayestah is creative and has a brilliant vision with the ball and will be the chief creator.
Brandon Fernandes: Brandon Fernandes has a handsome flair for passing in his game. He likes to play with the ball and can get away from several markers by a single solo run in the midfield. He possesses excellent passing abilities and the Indian football team will bank on him to create the openings.
Additional Fantasy Tips
Set-Pieces: Brandon Fernandes and Sunil Chhetri usually are on the set-pieces for the Indian football team and will be a duo to focus on as they have greater chances to score.
Likely first goal-scorer: Afghanistan are likely to score first and Amiruddin Sharifi is expected to open the scoring.
Clean sheets: The two shot-stoppers Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Ovays Azizi are likely to keep a clean sheet as both teams lack individual brilliance and are on par with each other when it comes to finishing chances.
Both teams are pretty much evenly matched and the game could go either way. Since India need a draw while a win is necessary for Afghanistan, both teams will go with a different mindset but a draw looks a likely result after weighing up all factors.
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