FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Game Week 2
Stadium: Kalinga Stadium, Odisha, India
21st November 2023
India will welcome Qatar at Kalinga Stadium, Odisha, India in Game Week 2 of the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Can India keep their nerves intact or will Qatar repeat the same form as they did against Afghanistan? Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Under the leadership of coach Igor Stimac, India commenced their AFC qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2026 with an impressive 1-0 victory against Kuwait at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium on Thursday, November 16.
Notably, star striker Manvir Singh secured the decisive goal in the 75th minute, marking India's first triumph in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on foreign soil in 22 years.
Securing three crucial points, the Blue Tigers currently hold the second position in the Group A standings.
In the last six fixtures involving India, the goal count has stayed below three per match. During this period, opposing teams failed to score, while India accumulated a total of 7 goals. It remains to be seen whether this trend will persist in future matches.
India Predicted Lineup
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Narayan Das, Anirudh Thapa, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita
Qatar enters this upcoming match on the heels of an 8-1 victory over Afghanistan in the WC Qualifiers - Asia, showcasing a dominant performance.
In the previous game, Qatar maintained a commanding 72% possession and made 26 attempts at goal, with 17 shots hitting the target. Scoring for Qatar were Hassan Al Haydos (12'), Almoez Ali (15', 27', 33', 45'), and Mustafa Meshaal (18'). Afghanistan managed only 2 attempts at goal, with 1 shot on target.
The statistics paint a clear picture, revealing that Qatar has conceded goals in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents scoring a total of 12 goals. Qatar's defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed in recent outings.
Qatar Predicted Lineup
Saad Al Sheeb, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Miguel, Boualem Khoukhi, Tarek Salman, Hassan Al Haydos, Karim Boudiaf, Abdulaziz Hatem, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif, Youssef El Arabi
India vs Qatar Expert Tips
It is our belief that Qatar is likely to generate numerous goal-scoring opportunities and accurate shots on target.
Conversely, India may face challenges in scoring goals, but we anticipate that they are highly likely to mount a response at some point in the match.
Anticipate a high-scoring game, with Qatar being a key contributor to the goal tally.