India vs UAE head to head football matches: India will be up against tournament hosts UAE in the group stages.
The 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup begins later tonight, as host nation the United Arab Emirates takes on Bahrain.
The tournament will take place in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1. 24 teams will participate in the Asian Cup 2019, which is the highest number of countries in a single tournament in its history.
The Indian team was the first of the participating nations to reach UAE to begin final preparations for the tournament. Stephen Constantine’s side has been drawn with host nation UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in the group stages of the Asian Cup.
UAE begin as favourites in the group stage, but the competition for the second spot could be intense as India, Thailand and Bahrain eye a spot in the round of 16.
We take a look at India vs UAE head to head football matches, with a brief preview about both the teams.
India vs UAE:
UAE are aiming for a maiden AFC Asian Cup trophy, and they are among the favourites in this edition of the tournament. The country is hosting the premier Asian tournament for the second time in its history, and will look to repeat their heroic run in 1996, where they finished as finalists.
The host side is the top-ranked team in Group A, which includes India, Thailand and Bahrain.
India return to the tournament after the gap of 8 years, and are participating in the Asian Cup for the fourth time in its history. The side suffered one of their worst patches in years leading to the 2015 edition of the tournament, where they not only failed to qualify, but fell to their worst ever FIFA ranking (173).
However, India has made recovery under Stephen Constantine, and entered the top-100 last year. India is currently the second-highest ranked team in their group, and would be eyeing a spot in the knock-out round of the competition.
But how did both the teams fare in head to head stats? We take a look at India vs UAE head to head football matches, as both the teams meet for the 14th time in international football.
India vs UAE head to head football matches:
In 13 games between the two sides, UAE have won 8, while three resulted in a draw. Here’s a detailed look at India vs UAE head to head football matches.
- Total matches – 13
- UAE wins – 8
- India wins – 2
- Draws – 3
- Biggest win: UAE 5-0 India (International friendly – November 18, 2010)
- Latest meeting: India 2-2 UAE (FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers)