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World Cup Qualifier Preview: Oman Vs India

Team India go head to head against Oman today evening in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

India national men’s team will face Oman in Muscat in a game that can put an end to this whole miserable campaign. After 4 games, the blue tigers have remained win-less and just have 3 points to their name.

Apart from the heroic performances collectively pulled by the team against Asian champions Qatar, the team’s performance has just gone from bad to worse. A late second half goal to save face against Bangladesh and another dying moment goal against Afghanistan to salvage a draw just makes the campaign more forgettable.

When and where?

  • Venue – Sultan Kaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
  • Time – 8:30 PM IST, Tuesday
  • Telecast – Hotstar VIP, SS Hindi 1 and 2.

Streaming Link:

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Team News:

In terms of players, Sandesh Jinghan and Rowlin Borges remain out of the team while Anas makes a come back and will be available for selection. Lack of fire at the front end remains a concern for Team India.

Possible line-ups:

India – Gurpreet; Mandar, Adil Khan, Pritam, Rahul Bheke; Anirudh Thapa, Pranoy Halder, Brandon; Ashique, Udanta Singh; Sunil Chhetri;

Formation: 4-3-2-1

Oman – Al Habsi; Musalami, Al Hidi, Al Razaiqi, Al Khaldi; Mahajiri, Al Mandhar; Ghassani, Al Busaidi, Al Aghbari; Ghailani;

Formation: 4-2-3-1

What to expect:

In what literally seems to be the do or die game, anything but a win would send India out of the 2022 world cup qualifiers. Since the qualifiers also act as the 2023 Asian Cup preliminary qualifiers, coming 3rd in the group would guarantee a 3rd round berth in Asian Cup qualifiers. A draw against Oman might help this cause, but a loss will even make the Asian qualifications harder.

While India are coming off a dismal 1-1 against Afghanistan, Oman will be going into the game on the back of a thumping 4-1 against Bangladesh.

Prediction:

Oman 1-2 India

Dream 11 Lineup:

Gurpreet; Al-Musalami, Faraj-Al-Rawahi, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan; Mubarak Al-Mahaijri (Vc), Udanta, Ashique; Al-Muqbali, Al-ghassani, Sunil Chhetri (C); Captain Options – Sunil Chhetri and Mubarak Al-Mahaijri

India last won against Oman in 1994 and although history can change in a stroke, it remains a tough challenge. Especially with coach Stimac’s defensive and downplaying attitude continuing from over the weekend.

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