China vs India Predictions and Match Preview
China vs India
Date: Saturday, 13th October 2018
Kick-off at 12:35 UK/ 13:35 CET
Venue: Suzhou Sports Centre (Suzhou).
Chinese national team is currently getting ready for the Asia Cup next year. Their domestic league called the Chinese Super League has yielded some talented players for the National team.
CFA appointed Marcello Lippi as their head coach in 2016 aiming the WC in Russia. But they fell at the third round of the qualifying campaign.
China will meet Kyrgyzstan in their Asia Cup opener. Easy opponents in the first game will result in a winning start for the Dragons. The only real threat in their group is South Korea, whom Lippi’s side managed to draw back in 2017.
Indian National team has been an interesting prospect for the past 2 years. They ascended in the FIFA rankings from 146 in 2015 to 94 in 2018.The team stands 97th in the list at present.
Sunil Chhetri the captain of the Blue Tigers is third in the international scorers list after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The team has won friendly’s against Kenya and New Zealand in their latest friendly’s.
Steven Constantine is facing criticism from fans despite having lead India to top 100 in the world. He faces problems with forwards not being in form, Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua not shining for their respective clubs.
China vs India Head to head
The last competitive meeting between these two sides date back to 1984 Asia Cup; China bagged an easy 3-0 victory back then.
China vs India Prediction
China has lost only one in their last 5 home games, that too against a strong Czech side. In their previous friendly they managed to draw at Bahrain 0-0.
India has lost to Maldives in SAFF cup final, playing with a second choice team. The coach will include the young players from that campaign to look at wider options for the upcoming Asia Cup.
It is quite evident that the visiting Indians are huge underdogs here and they are a team largely untested against quality Asian opponents.
The Dragons led by Marcello Lippi tend to play a tight defensive game, they won’t create a lot of chances or score a plenty. Thus, backing the away side on a +2.5 Asian Handicap is the best option in a potential low scoring affair.