After escaping with a late draw against Afghanistan in Dushanbe, India will now travel to Oman for the AFC World Cup qualifier match in Group E. India have a very difficult task in front of them if they are to qualify for the next round as they have drawn three and lost one in their four matches so far. The previous meeting between the two sides saw Oman come away with a victory courtesy of two late goals from Al Mandhar Al Alawi. Before this important clash in the Qualifiers, we take a look at some key players who can be influential for their respective sides. FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022 Asia Group E Points Table Updated: Team Standings of India, Bangladesh, Qatar, Oman and Afghanistan.
This is a do-or-die situation for India as anything other than a victory can end their hopes of qualifications for the World Cup. India started their qualification campaign with a loss to Oman but then showed a spirited performance to earn a draw against AFC Asian Champions Qatar. However, since that result, the Blue Tigers have look uninspired and have only managed draws against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Oman, on the other hand, have just one defeat this campaign and it came away to Qatar. Let’s take a look at some of the key players for this match. India vs Oman Dream11 Prediction in 2022 FIFA World Cup, Asian Qualifiers: Tips to Pick Best Team for Oman vs India Football Match.
The 23-year old winger has been one of the leading attacking outlets for the Indian side in recent times. The youngster will be important for the Blue Tigers in breaking down the resolute Oman defense. Udanta has one goal and two assists in his 26 games for India so far and will be eager to improve that.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
The 27-year old will have a huge responsibility on his shoulders due to the absence of senior defenders like Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika. The Indian No. 1 has been in terrific form this season for his club side and has kept three clean sheets in four games. He will be eager to repeat this form against the Omanis.
Oman’s hero from the Gulf Cup 2017 will be their main man in the center of the field. The 34-year old will look to dominate the midfield and make it difficult for the Indian players. He scored a brace in Oman’s 5-1 thrashing of India in 2006 World Cup qualifiers in Kochi
Al Mandhar Al Alawi
The 24-year old has been in terrific form and is the leading goal scorer for the home side. He also scored a brace against India during their previous meeting to earn crucial three points for his side. Al Mandhar will be eager to continue his goal-scoring form against a struggling Indian side.
Oman will be looking for a win as they are undefeated in their last seven games against India and have emerged victorious in the last three encounters between the sides. India are struggling to score from open play. Under Coach Igor Stimac, the Blue Tigers have scored 10 goals in nine games but only four have come from open play.