India returns to the Asia Cup stage after a gap of eight years and expectation are high from Stephen Constantine and his men. The tournament in 2011 ended in disaster as India lost all its group games conceding heavily in the process. India is placed in Group A with UAE, Thailand and Bahrain for company. On paper, they are the second best team in the group behind UAE but they will need to put in performances that suggest so. Indian football has grown over the past few years with the coming in of ISL and greater media coverage but good results is the need of the hour for the Men in Blue.AFC Asian Cup 2019 Schedule in PDF: Download Asia Cup Football Full Timetable in IST With Fixtures, Matches, Team and Venue Details.
Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chhetri will lead India’s attack but they have looked off-colour in the Indian Super League so far. They will need to get back to their scoring best if India is to progress from the group. Their defence has been rock solid led by Sandesh Jhingan as they have earned back to back draws against quality teams like China and Oman that too away from home. Anirudh Thapa in midfield is the creative brain of the side and it will be up to him how he brings the strikers in play. Indian custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is likely to keep his place in the side despite his howler in a friendly against Jordan.
Thailand is a team built to attack and will be making a first appearance in the Asia Cup since 2007 where they were co-hosts. Teerasil Dangda has 42 goals in 95 international appearances for his country and is one of the most crucial members of the team. As a sole survivor of the last team to play the Asia Cup, his experience will be invaluable for his team. Theerathon Bunmathan is his country’s best defender and one of the young players to watch out for in the tournament. He also puts in handy crosses from the flanks which India will have to be aware of.
India and Thailand both have an equal opportunity to get all three points from the game which will be crucial as tough opposition awaits them in the form of UAE and Bahrain. Now let’s check out the streaming details of the match.
When is Thailand vs India, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match? Know the Date, Time and Venue Details
The opening match of AFC Asian Cup 2019, Thailand vs India will be held on January 6, 2019 (Sunday) at 7.00pm IST. The first game of Asia Cup 2019 will take place at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Where to Watch the Live Telecast of Thailand vs India, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match?
Football fans in India can watch the Thailand vs India, AFC Asian Cup game on Star Sports Network. Viewers from the Southeast Asian regions, Australia can tune into the FOX Sports network to watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
How to Watch the Free Live Streaming Online and Football Score Updates of Thailand vs India, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match?
As Star Sports Network is bringing the live telecast of AFC Asian Cup 2019, the fans have the option of getting live streaming Thailand vs India online on Hotstar. Hotstar is the digital and mobile platform owned by Star Sports Network.