The Indian football team take on UAE at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai in their second international friendly after drawing against a dominant Oman 1-1 in their last encounter.
The clash against UAE is the last friendly game the Indian team will play ahead of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup qualifiers to be held in June.
India and UAE have faced each other 14 times since their first ever clash in 1979. India have won twice, drawn thrice and lost nine head-to-head fixtures against the UAE.
Indian Football Team Form Guide: D-D-D-L-D
UAE Form Guide: L-W-L-L-D
India: Lalengmawia Ralte is expected to make his first start for India while Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will replace Amrinder Singh in goal. Sunil Chhetri has tested negative for COVID-19 but is expected to sit this one out.
UAE: Van Marwijk will miss experienced campaigners Caio Canedo and Abdullah Al-Naqbi due to injuries, whereas experienced goalkeeper Adel Hosani has not been included in the side.
India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Akash Mishra, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Lalengmawia Ralte, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Manvir Singh
UAE: Ali Khasif (GK), Bandar Al-Ahbabi, Mahmoud Khamis, Walid Abbas, Shahin Abdulrahman, Abdallah Ramadan, Ali Salmin, Mohammad Al Atas, Khalfan Mubarak, Fabio Lima, Ali Mabkhout
The match between India and UAE will be shown LIVE on Eurosport SD/HD in India. This channel is available on-demand on JIO TV and Vi Movies. The game kicks-off at 08.30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The Indian football team has drawn four of their last five games whereas UAE have not won any of their last three games. Regardless, UAE will be a tougher ask for India as compared to Oman but we expect the Blue Tigers to hold UAE to a 1-1 draw in Dubai.