India play Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday. Be that as it may, what precisely are India playing for? Here is a lowdown on the AFC Asian Cup and what’s in question for Stephen Constantine’s men as they start their qualifying matches in Group A.
What is the AFC Asian Cup?
India are right now playing in the qualifying competition for the AFC Asian Cup, booked for 2019 in the UAE. The AFC Asian Cup is played at regular intervals and it is the title of Asia sorted out by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Consider it the Copa America or the European Championship for Asian groups. The victor will take an interest in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, a year in front of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Twelve groups have qualified and there are 12 puts up for snatches. The 2019 competition has been extended to 24 groups interestingly, eight more than the past 16-group arrange that was being used since 2004. Australia are the shielding champions.
Qualified groups (FIFA Rankings): Hosts UAE (68), Iran (33), Korea (40), Japan (51), Australia (55), Saudi Arabia (57), Uzbekistan (63), Qatar (84), China (86), Syria (95), Iraq (122), Thailand (127)
India’s record at the Asian Cup
The 2019 Asian Cup will be the seventeenth version of the competition and India have met all requirements for the huge stage three circumstances: In 1964, 1984 and 2011.
The last time India met all requirements for the competition return in 2011, where they went winless in the three gathering recreations in Qatar. Sunil Chhetri, who is still in the group, scored two objectives in the competition, where India were matched with Korea, Australia and Bahrain.
India’s best execution came in 1964, where they completed runners-up behind Israel. The Chuni Gosmani-drove group beat Korea and Hong Kong, yet neglected to beat Israel, which turned out to be the distinction. Israel completed top of the gathering and won the competition, which didn’t have the knockout arrangement in those days.
In 1984, India completed toward the end in the gathering and neglected to win a solitary diversion.
By what means can India fit the bill for the principle competition?
There are six gatherings of four groups each, and each group will play each other twice – home and away – in the qualifying stages. The main two groups from each gathering will qualify, subsequently making it basic not to drop many focuses out and about. That and winning their home matches ought to see India fit the bill for the finals in UAE.
Who is in India’s gathering?
India are set in Group An, and the groups in climbing request of their FIFA rankings are: Kyrgyzstan (125), India (132), Myanmar (172), Macau (184).
The AFC has marked India as “exceedingly fancied” to experience and on the substance of it, that ought to be the situation. Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar represent the greatest risk for India. Macau came into the draw supplanting Guam – who pulled back for “strategic” reasons – and India will target six focuses against the most reduced positioned group in the gathering.
Kyrgyzstan’s 2016 record peruses: 2 wins, 3 loses and 2 attracts 7 amusements. Myanmar in a similar period have played 12 and lost six, winning only three. Macau have won two from their eight diversions. India’s 2016 has been the best among the three: four wins in six amusements, and Constantine’s group has developed extensively in the course of the most recent year.