The fourth clash of the Hero Intercontinental Cup is scheduled to take place between India and Korea DPR at the Transtadia Arena in Ahmedabad on Saturday evening.
Both India and Korea DPR took the lead in their first game but ended up losing their clashes to Tajikistan and Syria respectively.
India had a dream start against the Tajikistan side as they stormed into a 2-0 lead in the first half only to lose 4-2 in a dismal second half performance. Coach Igor Stimac will have to work on his centre-back partnership as Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will again be missing against the North Koreans.
Here's everything you need to know regarding this clash on Saturday:
|When is the kick-off?||13 July 2019|
|What time is the kick-off?||8:00 PM IST|
|Where is the game being played?||Transtadia Arena, Ahmedabad|
|Where to watch on TV/Live Stream?||Star Sports Network and Hotstar|
The Blue Tigers will be without Pranoy Halder and Anas Edathodika following their respective injuries. Sandesh Jhingan is expected to be back to join Adil Khan in the Stimac's defence. Jerry Lalrinzuala could also get a start.
No changes are expected to their team that faced Syria with Han Thae Hyok and Kim Yong IL continuing to lead the line.
India (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Adil Khan, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri
Korea DPR (4-4-2): An Tae Song, Ri Thong IL, Jang Kuk Chol, Ri Yong Chol, Ri Chang Ho, Sim Hyon Jin, Ri Un Chol, Ri Un IL, Jong Il Gwan, Han Thae Hyok, Kim Yong IL
Both teams have played against each other on eight occasions with India not winning a single game, drawing three and losing five. Saturday could be a historical day in Indian football if the Blue Tigers manage to win.
Korea DPR: L-L-L-L-L
There is no doubt that Sunil Chhetri will be the man to watch for India in this clash. The 34-year-old has been in incredible form and displayed his class with the two goals against Tajikistan. Chhetri along with Sahal could prove to be vital for India against Korea DPR.
Jong II Gwan is Korea's most capped player with 63 international caps. He wrecked havoc from the left flank against Syria and contributed the crucial opening goal for his team. Indian defenders have to stay alert against him.
Both teams are looking to make a comeback after facing defeats in their opening clashes. India have the home ground advantage and if they can concentrate on their defence, the Blue Tigers are expected to come up with a 2-1 win against the Koreans.