India will take on Bahrain in the third game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group Stages on Monday.
The 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup kicked off for India in a supreme fashion following their 4-1 win over Thailand in the first game of the group stages. With that fascinating show, they have put themselves in a top-notch position to qualify for the knock out rounds of the competition.
They will play the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday in what might promise to be an entertaining contest. The hosts enter the game as favourites, but the Blues have plenty of game changers in their squad.
Should they cross the line by securing the victory over the Arabs, they will go into the third game against Bahrain with a second string side having already qualified. But, both these games will not be easy given the number of star players Bahrain has, and there would be a battle for the first place.
The game between these two will take place at Al-Sharjah Stadium, UAE on Monday.
We look at India Vs Bahrain head to head football matches, with a brief preview about both the teams.
India Vs Bahrain:
There will be no real favourites going into this game as both of them are matched in every aspect of the game. The Blues will have extra confidence following their debut win against Thailand, but Bahrain were able to gain one point against the hosts.
After the golden age of Indian football under Syed Abdul Rahim in the early 50’s and 60’s, the Blues have never competed for the trophy for a long time. Even though they enter the competition as no real favourites, they might defy the odds and come in bright colours at the end of the tournament.
On the other hand, Bahrain have a strong squad and they will have plenty of pressure as they are seen as the second strongest side in the group. However, it will be interesting to see how they would react against Thailand in the second game which would be enough to get an answer soon.
India are ranked at 97 and Bahrain are ranked at 113. It is surely a close contest and in the end, it will be interesting to see the victor.
But how did both the teams fare in head to head stats? We take a look at India vs Bahrain head to head football matches, as both the teams meet for the 5th time in international football.
India vs Bahrain head to head football matches:
In five games between these two sides, Bahrain has been the dominant side with four victories, and have drawn one game. India have never won against their group stage opponent in their history. But, given the current form and amount of transition these sides have had, this tie might turn out to be tricky.
- Total matches – 5
- Bahrain wins – 4
- India wins – 0
- Draws – 1
- Biggest win: Bahrain 5-2 India (AFC Asian Cup 2011 – January 14, 2011)
- Latest meeting: Bahrain 5-2 India (AFC Asian Cup 2011 – January 14, 2011)