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SAFF Championship Final: India vs Nepal where to watch, preview, team news, probable XI and prediction

Mudeet Arora
India will take on Nepal in the SAFF Championship final on Saturday
India will take on Nepal in the SAFF Championship final on Saturday / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images
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India will face Nepal in the final of the SAFF Championship on Saturday in Maldives.

After an awful start to the tournament, the Blue Tigers came up with clutch wins over Nepal and Maldives in order to make it to the final.

The seven time SAFF Championship winners will now face their neighbours Nepal, who have been in great form in the tournament.

Nepal beat Maldives 1-0 before beating Sri Lanka 3-2. They then lost to India, which meant they had to play a do-or-die game against Bangladesh.

They were trailing until the final minutes of the game saw Anjan Bista earn them a draw and qualification to the final.


They will now face India in a clash that will kick-off at 8:30pm IST on October 16.


Where to watch the game?

The final will be broadcast live on Eurosport SD and HD channels in India and can be seen online on discovery+ and Jio TV.


Team News

Sunil Chhetri will be gunning for the top goalscorer of the tournament award and Manvir Singh's role to help Chhetri achieve that will be interesting to see.

India need to be defensively more compact in order to claim glory. They won't be getting open spaces against Nepal that they got against Maldives.

The Blue Tigers will be without Subhasish Bose and Brandon Fernandes due to a suspension and injury respectively.

Igor Stimac too has been suspended from touchline duties for this game.


Predicted XI

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Mandar Rao Desai, Glan Martins, Suresh Wangjam Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Mohammad Yasir, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri

Nepal: Kiran Chemjong, Gautam Shrestha, Ananta Tamang, Rohit Chand, Suman Aryal, Suman Lama, Bishal Rai, Pujan Uparkoti, Tej Tamang, Anjan Bista, Nawayug Shrestha


Prediction

Both teams deserve their spot in the SAFF Championship final, but will have to give their absolute best in order to clinch the title. We predict this game to be a hard fought win for the Indian football team.


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