India vs Bahrain: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Monday, January 14th, 2019 @9:30 pm
India 0 – 1 Bahrain
India look to secure a place in the knockout stage against their Group A opponents, Bahrain, in front of their expat crowd in Sharjah.
Massive underdogs before the tournament, India has taken the 2019 Asian Cup by storm. The world is now on notice that the second-most-populous nation has come of age in international football.
The Indians stunning opening night demolition of a good Thai side was a sight-to-behold. Combine that with the ever-growing spotlight on their national league, the I-League, and it’s wonder that the Blue Tigers stand on the precipice of a place in the knockout stage.
In front of a crowd anticipated to be full of Indian expat workers in Sharjah, the frenetic atmosphere should play into India’s hands. We expect that the excitement could lead to defensive frailties at the back for the Indians, but up front, they’re electric. As we all know, its all about scoring more than your opponents.
Despite looking like underdogs on paper, for their part, Bahrain calmly took advantage of a listless and nervous United Arab Emirates home team to secure a 1-1 draw.
Bahrain are unlikely to progress beyond the group stage in second-spot. If they can secure a win, the Bahraini’s could still qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Despite the Indians having the firepower in star goal-scorer Sunil Chhetri to put Bahrain to-the-sword, we expect Bahrain to hold the Blue Tigers for a draw.
A draw could hand Group A to the UAE and also see India progress.
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India need to overcome their Head-to Head record of 4 losses and a draw from 5 matches against Bahrain. The two sides have not met since 2011.
- Sunil Chhetri is India’s goal scoring record holder. Against Bahrain, he will go to number three in appearances for his country.
- India’s defence is rock-solid. They have only allowed 6 goals in their last 10 internationals.
- Bahrain are FIFA world-ranked 113, to India’s 97.
- Bahrain can find the back of the net, scoring 22 goals in their last 10 internationals.