As Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar played out a drab draw on Tuesday, India are just a win away from sealing their place in next year's AFC Asia Cup. And the men in Blue will have the chance to get the job done when they take on Macau at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, tonight.



India are looking comfortable at the top of Group A with a 5 point buffer over second placed Kyrgyz Republic. The Indian team has won all of their qualification games, scoring four goals and conceding none in the process.


Coach Stephen Constantine has played a blend of cautious and explosive football, which has worked seamlessly up to this point, and looking at the side they are up against tonight, they'll need to put in a great performance to collect all three points on offer. 


Macau haven't scored a single goal in the qualifiers so far, lost all the games they have played - conceding 7 goals combined. But chances are they won't change the way they play against India as well. 


They have been overly defensive in all their games, and India will have to be at their creative best to get a favourable result. Constantine is likely to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with captain Sunil Chhetri serving as the main threat up front. Macau could opt for their favourite 3-4-1-2, with the wingbacks dropping deeper to add more steel at the back. 



Last time, India had a difficult time breaking down Macau, but eventually managed a 2-0 victory. Stephen Constantine would be hoping his side suffer a little less tonight. Looking at the strength of the side, and the importance of the game, expect the men in Blues to put on a rampant show at Bengaluru.


Probable XI: 


India: Gurpreet, Kotal, Anas, Jhingan, Narayan, Borges, Lyngdoh, Udanta, Chhetri, Narzary, Jeje.


Macau: Ho Man Fai, Choi Chan In, Lei Ka Him, Lei Ka Hou, Paulo Ieong, Teixeira, Kong Cheng, Lam Ka Seng, Chi Hang, Leong, Niki Torrao.


Prediction: We predict a 2-0 win for the hosts. 


Kick Off: 7:30 PM IST