India vs Maldives SAFF Championship 2021 match preview

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India vs Maldives SAFF


India vs Maldives crosses swords with their eyes on the SAFF Championship 2021 final in the last round of league stage matches on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Male.

The Blue Tigers are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Nepal, thanks to a second-half goal from Sunil Chhetri. Igor Stimac’s men had failed to get three points in their first two SAFF Championship 2021 games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and they desperately needed a win against Nepal.

India began their SAFF Championship 2021 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh, with Sunil Chhetri scoring the lone goal for the Blue Tigers. The second game against Sri Lanka ended in a stalemate.

The Maldives began their SAFF Championship 2021 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Nepal. Since then, Ali Suzain’s team has made a strong comeback in the tournament, winning consecutive games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The 2018 SAFF Championship Champions defeated Bangladesh and Sri Lanka 2-0 and 1-0, respectively, with veteran Ali Ashfaq scoring two goals and Hamza Mohamed scoring the third.

India vs Maldives SAFF Championship 2021 Head to Head 

In head-to-head results, India has been the dominant side against the Maldives. The Blue Tigers have won 14 games and drawn two, while the Maldives have won four games against the Blue Tigers. Interestingly, Maldives won the last meeting between the two teams, in the SAFF Championship 2018 final, by a score of 2-1.

India vs Maldives SAFF Championship 2021 Predicted Line-ups

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mohammad Yasir, Suresh Wangjam, Lalengmawia Ralte, Brandon Fernandes, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri

Maldives: Mohamed Faisal (GK), Haisham Hassan, Ali Samooh, Akram Abdul Ghanee, Hussain Yoosuf, Ibrahim Aisham, Hussain Nihan, Hamza Mohammad, Ali Fasir, Ibrahim Hussain, Ali Ashfaq

The game will be televised LIVE on EuroSport SD, HD in India. Fans in the Maldives can watch the game on YES TV. The game will kick off at 09.30 PM IST and 9 PM Maldives Time.

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