FIFA U-17 World Cup: Five Things to Look Forward to as Hosts India Face Ghana

India take on Ghana tonight in their final group game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup and anything other than a big victory would see the hosts knocked out of the tournament. Ghana are one of the favorites for the title and will be looking to bounce back from their loss against USA in their previous game. 

Here, we take a look at five things to look forward to in the game.

5. Both goalkeepers to impress

Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh has been an absolute rock in the goal, despite letting in five goals in two games. The 17-year-old has received plaudits all over for his impressive saves and will be looking to keep his first clean-sheet of the tournament tonight. 

Like Dheeraj, Ghana goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim has had an impressive tournament and will be looking to thwart the Indians tonight. With both goalkeepers in top form, the game is expected to be a close affair.

4. Injuries hamper Indian preparations

India's preparations for this huge tie has been given a big blow, with captain Amarjit Kiyam and defender Anwar Ali suffering from injuries. The duo are now doubts for this decisive game and it remains to be seen if their absence will affect the team's performance. 

Ali has been an impressive performer for the under-17 side and if he misses out, it will greatly diminish India's chances of keeping the Ghana attackers at bay.

3. Can Ghana find their attacking prowess?

Ghana came into the side with a big reputation, having scored nine goals in just three group games during the 2017 African U-17 Cup of Nations but have been unable to recapture that form in India. They missed a few chances in their 1-0 win over Colombia before failing to trouble the scoreline in the defeat to USA. 

They will be hoping to have their scoring boots on against the hosts tonight and announce themselves in the tournament.

2. Will Komal Thatal be reinstated?

The fleet-footed winger impressed in the defeat against the USA but was dropped from the starting lineup for the game against Colombia. However, with India needing a big win tonight to have any chance of progressing, manager Luis Norton de Matos is expected to reinstate Thatal to the lineup tonight. 

The Sikkim teenager will be looking to light up the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium tonight and help the hosts to a historic victory.

1. Another impressive Indian display on cards?

Despite losing both their games so far, Luis Norton de Matos' side have put in impressive shifts and have exceeded expectations. The team organization has been a positive for the manager and Jeakson Singh's historic goal against Colombia will give India hope going into tonight's game against Ghana where they will once again hope to put in an impressive performance.