India vs China - Preview, Predicted XI, When and Where to watch, TV timings, Date, and Time
The wait for the much-awaited International friendly match between India and China is finally about to get over. When the clock strikes 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 13, the players of both the neighboring nations will set foot on the field at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
The match will be historical as it is going to be the first time that the Blue Tigers will be the visitors, having played the host on multiple occasions previously.
Stephen Constantine's men will be looking to break the jinx as the Indian team is yet to win a match against China.
The Peoples Republic of China (or China PR) have won 12 out of the 17 matches played between the two teams with 5 of them ending in a draw. The last meeting between the two sides which was 16 years ago -- at the 2002 Asian Games -- also ended in a 2-0 triumph for the Chinese team.
One thing is certain, it will be an uphill task for the Indian team (FIFA Rank - 97) to defeat China (FIFA Rank - 76) as they are the visitors. Besides the thousands of home supporters, The Dragons have also upped their game over time. The presence of football stars in the Chinese Super League has increased its viewership over time and also ensured a streamline of emerging local talents, who pick up the nuances of the game by interacting with the best in the world. To top it all, they are also coached by the Italian Marcello Lippi, who previously Coached Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The Indian team, on the other hand, has also become a formidable unit over the past couple of years and seen a meteoric rise in Rankings. They will be high on confidence after winning the Intercontinental Cup. The Blue Tigers have the right mix of youngsters and seniors in the 22-member squad and are sure to give the Asian powerhouses China a run for their money.
Sportskeeda's Predicted XI for India when they face China:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Goalkeeper), Pritam Kotal (Right back), Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika (Centre backs), Subhasish Bose (Left back), Udanta Singh (Right wing), Rowllin Borges and Anirudh Thapa (Centre mid), Halicharan Narzary (Left wing), Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua (Forwards).
A cracker of a match can be expected between the two nations.
Here is all you need to know about the upcoming International friendly:
Date: October 13, 2018
Event: India vs China, International friendly
Time: 5:05 PM, Indian Standard Time
Venue: Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, China
Broadcast: Star Sports Network (1,2, and 3)
Live Stream: Hotstar
You can also Catch ALL the LIVE updates of the match on Sportskeeda!
Do you think the visiting Blue Tigers have it in them to break the deadlock and finally emerge with a win against The Dragons in their own backyard? Do share your opinion in the comments section below.