Indian national team are a point away from securing a historic Knockout berth in Asian cup but it wont be easy against Bahrain national team who share a nightmare of past with impeccable record against the Blue tigers.
Let’s peek at the players who can make a difference on Monday night.
● Jamal Rashid Abdulrahman Yusuf :
Known for terrorizing opposition from left flank, Yusuf has been a crucial member of Bahrain national team of late.
Jamal have been Regular goalscorer of late with 4 goals since 2017. He has terrorized left backs, forcing them to commit mistakes and gift the ball to him in a deadly position near the box. Bahrain would be relying upon him to deliver a standout performance to give Bahrain a spot in the Knockout stage overcoming a stern Indian challenge.
● Mohamed Al Romaihi :
The tall 6’1″ striker and the goal scorer for Bahrain in the first game of Asian cup which gave the visitors a suprise lead against UAE. It’s also evident from the statsthat they were on of the best scoring teams in the build up prior to the Asian cup and Romaihi had a pivotal role in that with 8 goals in 17 appearence but a rare dissapoinment against Thailand ended the streak of goalscoring form but neverthless Bahrain would be relying on their talisman to deliver a 10/10 performance if the Reds have to progress to the second round.
● Anirudh Thapa :
Contrasting to his poor club form, Thapa has been one of the standout performers for Indian national Team in Asian cup. The midfielder from Chennaiyin FC has been a livewire in the two of games he has played. From creating chances to being on the scoresheet against Thailand, he has had a dream start in the competition. With the Blue Tigers having everything in stakes for the Qualification, they would be relying on their midfield maestro from Uttrakhand to pull up his socks and put forth a hardworking performance in the heart of field.
● Gurpreet Singh Sandhu :
To his standard, Gurpreet is having an average tournament but being a general of the backline of defense would be essential for the Blue tigers especially in this crucial match. Known for his quick longs throws to convert defense into a quick counterattack as it was highlighted against UAE, causing a havoc in the Emirates backline, the Bengaluru FC man will have to be highly cautious today beneath the bar. India would be looking for his calm presence to assure a good game.
● Sunil Chhetri :
You can’t keep this man off the game. He has been influential for the Indian national team in the Asian cup this time with 2 goals in his bag and he will look to add more feathers to his cap by taking his troops to the Knockout stage by pulling off a good performance against a high pressing Bahrain national side and will play a huge role in determing India’s fate in Asian Cup.