How should the Indian football team line up against Qatar in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers to maintain momentum?
India will play Qatar in their next FIFA World Cup Qualifying match on November 21, 2020, at the Kalinga Stadium. In their first away game, the Blue Tigers beat Kuwait 1-0. It will be even more difficult to play against the 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation. Jio Cinema will be the live streaming platform for India vs Qatar, while Sports18 telecasts the game.
Qatar’s World Cup Qualification campaign kicked off in style as they thrashed Afghanistan by 8-1. They are favorites to be one the two teams to advance from Group A into the third round. India would try to hold them to a tie, but the players would have to perform well to achieve this.
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India will still be missing Ashique Kuruniyan Anwar Ali and Jeakson Sing. Igor Stimac seems to have found the perfect line-up that plays to the strengths and abilities of the players.
Against lesser opponents, Qatar coach Queiroz prefers a 4-3-3 system. In order to achieve this, he encouraged the team to move quickly in large spaces and transitions. On paper, Igor Stimac’s tried and proven 4-2-3-1 system. The players are familiar with this configuration because it plays to their strengths.
Mahesh Nairem should begin on the left, opposite Manvir Singh. Sahal Abdul Saad should be placed in the middle three-man line supporting Sunil Chhetri. Nikhil Poojary, Akash Mishra and Mehtab Singh should be India’s fullbacks. Their forays along the flanks will prove crucial if India is unable to use Chhangte. Sandesh Jhingan is the best choice to anchor the backline. He should be partnered with either Mehtab or Rahul.
India vs Qatar
India Predicted: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Nikhil Poojary, Sandesh Jhingan, Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Apuia, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri.