After a valiant show of football against the mighty Oman, India are all set to face Guam in an away game of Group D on Tuesday to keep their hopes to qualify for the 2018 World Cup alive.
The scoreboard between the previous match between India and Oman read 2-1 with the former losing. However, Stephen Constantine’s side got massive applause for putting up a challenging show.
On Tuesday, India will face a weaker side in Guam compared to Oman, but Constantine didn’t deny admitting that Guam has a lot of talent in their players.
He told Goal.com that Guam has a lot of players who play for US, and the team will definitely be looking forward to win two back to back home games. “They are going to maximize it as much as possible as everyone would,” he added.
Indian hopes will be carried forward by Sunil Chhetri who executed a stunning goal in their match against Oman. He will expect to receive assistance from Robin Singh and Jakichand Singh.
Guam will have players like Ryan Guy, Brandon McDonald and AJ DeLaGraza and not to forget the enormous home support to back them up.
Travelling to Oman which is situated 7000 kilometers away from India, the latter must be suffering from jet lag due to a 16-hours long flight. However, Constantine will definitely not look to use this as an excuse on Tuesday’s match.
Team Blue Tigers sported a good show in their last match, and they will be expected to play with the same jubilance and enthusiasm against Guam.
In the same report by Goal.com, Gary White, Guam’s coach also praised the Indian team. He said that the side are organized and have got a “new group of young players.”
“Success is not achieved overnight and patience is very much needed. The future is bright for India with so much potential out there. Indian football is heading in the right direction under Stephen,” he added in the report.
A win will help India gather three points and stay active in the competition. Guam are currently second in the Group after a win against Turkmenistan in their previous match.
The top two teams from each group advance to the third phases of the competition and with Iran and Oman as the members of Group D, they are certainly the favourites.
The last time India and Guam met in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in Myanmar, Blue Tigers mauled Matao (as Guam is known) with an impressive 4-0 win. Sunil Chhetri was the shows stopper in that match, and Guam will definitely look to dial their defense as well as counter attacks up to stop the man.
Venue: Guam National Football Stadium
Timing: 11.30 am IST,
TV Schedule: The match will be telecasted live on Sony Six for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh.
Live Streaming: The match can also be live streamed on Livsports