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Anas Edathodika in the sec­ond game, the English tac­ti­cian will be ex­pected to con­tinue with his start­ing com­bi­na­tion.

Star striker Su­nil Ch­hetri will con­tinue to lead the at­tack­ing line, with Halicha­ran Narzary be­hind him in a float­ing role and Udanta Singh and Ashique Ku­runiyan in the wings. The cen­tral mid­field com­bi­na­tion of Pronay Halder and Anirudh Thapa has worked well so far but may re­quire Narzary to drop deep against Bahrain to counter the op­po­si­tion’s phys­i­cal­ity. Rowllin Borges will be an­other op­tion for Con­stan­tine if he prefers a more con­ser­va­tive com­bi­na­tion in the mid­dle.

Bar­ring the mis­take that led to UAE’S open­ing goal, the back­line of Pri­tam Ko­tal, Edathodika, San­desh Jhin­gan and Sub­ha­sish Bose has pro­vided able sup­port to Gur­preet Singh Sandhu in goal. How­ever, the de­fence could

In­dia win – Top spot if UAE fail to beat Thai­land; sec­ond spot if UAE win.

In­dia draw – 2nd spot if UAE beat or draw vs Thai­land; 3rd if Thai­land bt UAE.

In­dia lose and UAE beat Thai­land – Third spot for In­dia.

In­dia lose and UAE fail to beat Thai­land – Fourth spot for In­dia.

In­dia will qual­ify in sce­nar­ios 1 and 2. In the case of sce­nario 3, qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the Round of 16 will be de­pen­dent on the stand­ings of third-placed teams from the six groups. In sce­nario 4, In­dia will be knocked out. find it­self busy against the likes of Mo­hamed Al Ro­maihi on Mon­day.

Against UAE, In­dia had failed to take ad­van­tage of a num­ber of scor­ing chances and hit the wood­work twice. Against Bahrain, they can ill-af­ford to be as profligate in front of goal.


A win against Bahrain in Shar­jah could see In­dia top the group if hosts UAE fail to beat Thai­land. Even a loss could see Stephen Con­stan­tine’s boys ad­vance to the round of 16 if other re­sults go their way. Sce­nario 1: Sce­nario 2: Sce­nario 3: Sce­nario 4: Qual­i­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria:

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