India and Oman face at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Asia (2nd Round). There are only 2 recent head‑to‑heads between these two teams: on 27‑12‑2018, which ended in a (0‑0) draw, and another on 13‑10‑2015, which ended in a (3‑0) win by Oman. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.
India VS Oman
05 September 2019 – 15:00
WC Qualification Asia
2nd Round – Group E – Round 1
Analysis of India
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Asian Cup, they got a home loss against Bahrain by (0‑1). In the last 7 home matches India has won 4, tied 1 and lost 2. In 13 matches, they have conceded the first goal 6 times and have never been able to turn the score around.
India arrive for this game unmotivated after a 0-1 home defeat to Bahrain, registering the second straight loss in official games. We recall that the last victory of the Indians was against Thailand (1-4). Now in this match, coach Igor Stimac is looking to take advantage of the home factor to achieve a positive result, meaning that he is expected to use a very offensive strategy. Sunil Chhetri is one of the players with the most ability to decide the match, being this athlete very fast and strong in the counterattack. Every squad is available for this match game.
Analysis of Oman
The away team had direct access to this group stage. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 17 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 7 conceded. In their last match, for the Asian Cup, they got an away loss against Iran by (2‑0). In the last 9 away matches Oman has won 4, tied 3 and lost 2. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
Oman come to this match unmotivated after a 2-0 away loss to Iran. We emphasize that Oman defeated Turkmenistan 3-1 in the previous game. The 4-3-3 will be the tactical formation that manager Pim Verbeek should use for this game, as happened in the match against Iran, favoring a more cautious and fast playing style: Raed Ibrahim Saleh is a very fast and expert player in the counter-attack. For this game the coach can count on his usual choices.