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India vs UAE: Fantasy Preview, Probable XI and Players to watch out for

India will be eager to keep their winning momentum in the Asian Cup going even against tough opponents like UAE.

Match: India vs UAE
Venue: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: January 10, 2019
Time: 21:30 IST
Dream11 Deadline: 20:00 IST

Match Preview
The Blue Tigers will take on hosts UAE in their second encounter of the Asian Cup at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

India are off to a terrific start in the tournament as they registered a commanding 4-1 victory over better ranked Thailand in their previous game. UAE, on the other hand, will be eager to notch up their first victory of the campaign in this match after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Bahrain in their opening encounter.

UAE, ranked 79th in the world, are one if the tougher opponents in the group for India on paper. But the Tigers showed that will hardly matter as long as they keep performing the way they did in their previous match against Thailand. UAE will also be eager to bring out their best in this match as they can’t afford a slip up like last time.

UAE (4-4-1-1): Khalid Eisa, Khalifa Mubarak, Fares Juma, Alhasan Saleh, Bandar Al Ahbabi, Ali Salmeen, Amer Abdulrahman, Khalfan Mubarak, Ismail Al Hammadi, Ahmed Khalil, Ali Mabkhout

India (4-4-2): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri


APPROACH : Looking at the strength of both the teams on paper and their current form, it can be said that the match will end up in a draw. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t be thrilling and it won’t see any goals. Multiple goals are expected. That’s why you need to go light on defence but trust the Indian defensive line more. There is plenty of attacking potential in both midfield and forward positions of both teams. So, a 3-4-3 formation will suit best.

Must have players: India’s star forwards Chhetri and Kuruniyan are must have players owing to their recent form. Anirudh Thapa and Udanta Singh are equally valuable as well. Ali Makhbout and Ismail Al Hammadi are the ones you definitely should have from UAE.


Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (8.5 Cr)

Sandesh Jhingan (9 Cr)
Anas Edathodika (8 Cr)
Bandar Al Ahbabi (8.5 Cr)

Udanta Singh (9.5 Cr)
Anirudh Thapa (9 Cr)
Ismail Al-Hammadi (9 Cr)
Khalfan Mubarak (8.5 Cr)

Sunil Chhetri (11 Cr)
Ali Mabkhout (10 Cr)
Ashique Kuruniyan (9 Cr)

Captain: Chhetri
Vice-Captain: Thapa

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