Oman looks to make up for the 0-1 loss they suffered to Jordan which denied them a shot at last year’s Brazil World Cup.
- Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, India
- Timing: 7 pm IST, 5.30 pm Oman Time
- Where to watch: The match will be telecasted live on Sony Six with live streaming option on Livsports.
Under the guidance of Stephen Constantine, India has shown great improvements lately that has caused them to move up six places to 141 in the FIFA rankings.
However, that is not certainly not enough. Oman is not only ranked 40 places above India, but the latter has never been able to fetch a win from Oman also in the seven meetings they had before.
India will face a real test when they play Oman who can rightfully be termed “formidable” against the likes of India, in front of the home crowd. The support from them will obviously be an advantage to them as the home side will look to achieve something they’ve never achieved before.
Ahead of the match, Stephen Constantine told media, “It’s always good to see yourself going up rather than going down, which has been the recent trend. So that’s a positive sign.” He was quick to add that Oman are a strong side and well organized. “They have a good experienced coach and it will be a very tough.”
India beat Nepal on an aggregate of 2-0 to book a berth in the second round of World Cup qualifier against Oman. Constantine has chosen Kolkata’s Arnab Mondal to lead the team against Oman.
While Constantine focused on India’s recent improvement in the FIFA rankings, Oman’s coach, Paul Le Guen who formerly managed PSG, said that he had rather instructed his players to “forget about the rankings.”
“To be honest, I don’t care about the FIFA ranking. I don’t understand very well how they calculate it. I would ask my players to forget thattomorrow. There is no ranking, there is only 3 points at stake. To me, what happens on the pitch is most important,” Le Guen said, in a report by Goal.com.
Constantine who has been critical about the training facilities of Kanteerava Stadium, has expressed confidence going into today’s match against Oman. “We have seen Oman play. They have been a good side for quite some time. We would like to try and win our home games and that’s what we would like to do,” the Englishman said in the same report by Goal.com.
India and Oman are in Group D of the qualifier with Iran, Turkmenistan and Guam as the other members. The top two teams will qualify for the next round of the competition where 46 Asian countries will struggle it out for four spots in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Oman looks to have the definite upper hand against India. However, if Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh can step up to their expectations, an upset might just be on the way for Oman.