After winning two of their three group stage fixtures, the Indian national football team will take on Kenya in the showpiece event of the Intercontinental Cup. India had humiliated them 3-0 in their previous meeting and should be counted as outright favourites. Sadly for them, finals are never that straightforward.
Here are three things to watch out for as India take on Kenya in Mumbai.
3. Kenya, Not an Easy Prey
In the league encounter between the two, India humbled the African outfit 3-0 at the Mumbai Football Arena. Sunil Chhetri marked his 100th appearance for the Men in Blue with a deserving brace and set the stadium alight.
Tonight, in the final showdown, India would be hoping more of the same, but must stay guarded against a probable Kenyan onslaught. Ovella Ochieng and Pistone Mutamba will be Kenya's two strongest assets going forward, and after the comfortable 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei, they won't be short of confidence either.
2. India Will Stick to Basics
India registered eight goals without reply in their first two games against Chinese Taipei and Kenya. Already assured of featuring in the final, India coach, Stephen Constantine made a total of seven changes against New Zealand. The plan backfired in the end and the hosts ended up losing 2-1 to the "All Whites".
Tonight, it's about sticking to basics for Chhetri and his boys. Constantine is certain of fielding his best XI and look to breach through Kenya's lines. A quick goal or two would go a long way in calming their nerves.
1. Sunil Chhetri and India Hope to End with a Bang
The sole purpose of the Intercontinental Cup was to help India prepare for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. They have fared quite well in the tournament so far, scoring nine goals and conceding just twice.
Tonight, India will once again look up to their iconic talisman to bail them out of trouble. He's found the back of the net on all three occasions leading up to the final and would hope to end in similar fashion.
Kenya will certainly pose more of a threat than they did in their previous meeting, but India still might have just enough to outmuscle them. We predict a 3-1 win for the hosts.