Date: 29th March 2021
Time: 5:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
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UAE lock horns with India in this high-voltage international friendly match at Zabeel Stadium, Dubai. While India are coming on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against Oman, UAE played a goalless draw in their last international game against Iraq. This friendly game is slated to begin at 9:45 PM (IST).
Mid-fielders Caio Canedo and Abdullah Al-Naqbi will be missing out on this game due to injuries.
Talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri missed the first game and will be missing this game also as he is recovering from Covid-19.
UAE are still in the reckoning in the World Cup qualifiers 2022, even though they have witnessed a slump in their form following defeats against Thailand and Vietnam. Dutch head coach Bert van Marwijk will look forward to gaining some momentum from this game against India.
Though India have crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers, they are still in contention for the AFC Asian Cup. They drew their last international game against Oman 1-1 as Manvir Singh scored a comeback goal. An unfortunate own goal was scored by Chinglensana Singh in the first half. Head coach Igor Stimac was happy with the team’s performance against Oman in which as many as 10 players made their debut.
Probable Playing 11
Fahad, Shahin, Khalifa, Saleh, Abdullah, Fabio, Khalil, Ali, Sebastian, Suhail, Ali Saleh
Singh, Sandesh, Mehta, Mishra, Ashique, Suresh, Yasir, Singh, Manvir, Pandita, Hitesh
Goalkeepers : Singh, Fahad
Defenders : Shahin, Khalifa, Sandesh, Mehta
Midfielders : Khalil, Ali, Suresh, Singh
Strikers: Manvir, Pandita, Ali Saleh, Suhail
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