3 Things to Look Forward to as India Take on Maldives in the SAFF Cup

After starting their SAFF Cup title defence with a 2-0 win against Sri Lanka, India will face Maldives in their second group game at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.


A win in this game would see India top their group and progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.


Here are the three things that you need to know in the buildup to this game... 

3. Impressive record against Maldives

Historically, India has got the better of Maldives 13 out of the last 18 times the two sides have faced each other. Maldives have claimed two wins while the rest ended as draws.


The last time these two teams met in the SAFF Championship was in the 2015-16 semi-final in Trivandrum. Jeje Lalpekhlua's brace and Sunil Chhetri's goal helped India to a 3-2 win in that game.


However, Indian coach Stephen Constantine has already warned that 'history' won't be of any significance when these two sides meet on Sunday.

2. Indian players need to work on their finishing

India were pretty disappointing in the final third against Sri Lanka and their finishing is something Constantine would have pointed out to them in the build-up to this game.


In their 2-0 win against the Lankans, India missed two one-on-one chances to build a resounding lead. On another day, those misses could prove to be costly for this team.


Against Maldives, the Blue Tigers should be more alert and try to convert as many chances from the ones they create during the game.

1. Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte to again hold the key

The Indian squad, which had just one player above the age of 23 (Sumeet Passi) showed great resilience in the way they managed their win against Sri Lanka.


Wingers Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte could yet again be instrumental in India's success against Maldives after scoring in the previous game.


At the age of 21, both Kuruniyan and Chhangte will have another chance to impress Constantine and make their bid for a chance to play for the senior team in the near future.