India vs Oman
World Cup Qualification Asia 2nd Round
Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
India kick-starts their World Cup qualification campaign against Oman this Thursday at one of their most favorite stadiums. The team has a lot of good memories associated with this pitch, that they hope this would finally help them to introduce themselves into the World Cup stage.
And one would definitely wish so, as the foes for the day are a strong bunch, and the win will have to be earned with sweat and blood on the field.
Led by the inspirational Sunil Chhetri, who recently piped Lionel Messi to go ahead in the list of active players with most international goals, the Indians will hope for a great start to their run.
Oman, meanwhile, does have the confidence of staying unbeaten against this opponent for quite a long period and is also a much more accomplished squad in the international arena.
Just in the recent AFC Asian Cup, while India was booted out of the Group Stage itself, their counterparts made it to the Round of 16 and had to bow out there only due to the presence of the admirable Iranian side.
India vs Oman Head-to-head (h2h)
- Oman is unbeaten in the last 15 years against this rival.
- Twice Oman has recorded a 5-1 win in such clashes.
- India failed to score in the previous two matches.
- Three of the former four encounters had the Indians conceding twice or more.
India vs Oman Prediction
Guwahati has always been a favorite hunting ground for the Blue Tigers, and the confidence the pitch provides to the players is no laughing matter. Despite the unbeaten status of the Omanis, they surely will have to be on the guard for the entirety of the game.
Moreover, to qualify for the most prestigious tournament in the sport has been a long unfulfilled dream for the home fans, that we can expect vociferous and passionate support for each touch of the ball. The visitors will have to deal with intense pressure throughout the duration of the tie.
And as such, it’d be realistic to expect the hosts to find the back of the net at least once.
Coming to the result though, Indians might find it hard to register a win. They are still in the ‘growing phase’ in terms of footballing achievements, and would take some time before they are able to lock horns on equal footing against the likes of Oman.
In addition, the guests have scored twice or more in every h2h battle bar twice in the last 15 years, and they would want to begin their qualification process on the right note as well. Also, the most recent WC Qualifier between these two had ended in a 3-0 win for Oman.
Taking into account these observations, the logical choice would be to back an away win.
India vs Oman Betting Tips
Oman to Win @ 1.65
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90.