Asian Games 2023 Football: India vs. Bangladesh Schedule, Predictions, Head-To-Head
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Asian Games 2023 Football: India vs. Bangladesh Schedule, Predictions, Head-To-Head. India will take on Bangladesh in the Group A encounter of the Asian Games 2023 on 21st September. It will be a do-or-die game for India as another loss would all but bring curtains on their campaign. India received a thrashing (1-5) at the hands of China in their first group game. India started the match positively and equalized with a terrific goal after China took an early lead. However, China increased its tempo and steamrolled India in the second half. 

The thumping loss against China means that India not only has to win their next two games but also win by big margins. The fixture against Bangladesh in the Asian Games 2023 is a mismatch on paper as India ranked 99th and Bangladesh 160th. But you all know anything can happen on the football field and we have seen bigger upsets in football history. 

Let’s cover all important aspects of this game like probable lineup, predictions, etc. 

All You Want to Know About India vs. Bangladesh at the Asian Games 2023 

Date & Time 21 Sep, 1:30 PM (IST)
Venue Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou  
Streaming Sony LIV (for India)
Broadcast Sports18 Channel 
FIFA Rankings India – 99, Bangladesh – 160 
Best Performance India (Champions 1951 and 1962)Bangladesh (12th  Position 1982) 

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India vs. Bangladesh Head-To-Head

Both teams have met each other a total of 3 times. India has won 1 game and 1 match ended in a draw. Bangladesh also emerged victorious only on one occasion. 

First Meeting: U-23 SAFF Championship 2010, India 0-1 Bangladesh 

Last Meeting: U-23 SAFF Championship 2016, India 3-0 Bangladesh 

High Stakes in India vs. Bangladesh Clash – Asian Games 2023

In the aftermath of a disheartening 5-1 defeat to hosts China, the Indian football team, often referred to as the Blue Tigers, finds itself grappling with a significant blow to morale. The match exposed their fatigue, a result of relentless travel schedules that left them appearing far from match-fit.

Rebound or Retreat: India’s Challenge

Now, as they prepare to face Bangladesh, there’s no room for hesitation. India needs to summon all their strength and strategic prowess, leaving no room for error. Igor Stimac, the team’s head coach, understands the gravity of the situation—India can’t afford a single misstep. The stakes are undeniably high, and a loss could be costly.

A Familiar Foe: Bangladesh’s Determination

On the flip side, Bangladesh, often represented as the Bengal Tigers, is in a similar predicament. They too suffered defeat, a narrow 1-0 loss to Myanmar in their opening game. The taste of defeat has only fueled their determination to make a strong comeback against India.

The stakes for Bangladesh are equally immense, and they’re bound to bring their A-game. They’ve analyzed their strengths and weaknesses, preparing to exploit India’s vulnerabilities. It promises to be a battle where each team fights with all they have, for victory is the only option.

In this clash of the titans, both India and Bangladesh are acutely aware of what’s at stake. The pitch awaits a fierce battle, and the fans anticipate a display of skill, strategy, and unyielding determination from both sides.

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Prediction for India vs. Bangladesh at Asian Games 2023

Coming on the back of a humiliating loss against China, one can expect India to be aggressive and strike hard. India will look towards experienced players like Jhinghan and Sunil Chhetri for inspiration. Sunil did not have a good outing in the first match and will eagerly await the Bangladesh game. India has all the bases covered and they should not face problems in defeating Bangladesh     

Squad for Asian Games 2023 

Indian Squad 

Manager: Igor Stimac  

Defenders: Deepak Tangri, Lalchungnunga, Sandesh Jhingan, Sumit Rathi, Chinglensana Singh and Narendar Gehlot 

Midfielders: Vincy Barretta, Amarjit Singh, Azfar Noorani, Samuel James Lyngdoh, Bryce Miranda, Abdul Rabeeh, Rahul KP and Ayush Dev Chhetri. 

Forwards; Aniket Jadhav, Rahim Ali, Gurkirat Singh, Sunil Chhetri, and Rohit Danu. 

Goalkeepers: Vishal Yadav, Dheeraj Singh and Gurmeet Singh     

Bangladesh Squad 

 Defenders: Sakil Hossain, Rahmat Mia, Shahin Ammad, Isa Faysal, Jahid Hossain, Murad Hasan and Tanvir Hossain. 

Midfielders: Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Ridoy, Jayed Ahmed, Abu Saeed, Mojibur Rahman Joni, Papon Singha and Rabiul Hasan. 

Forwards: Rafiqul Islam, Foysal Ahmed Fahim, Piash Amhed Nova, Suman Reza, and Jafar Iqbal. Goalkeepers: Mehedi Hasan Srabon, Pappu Hossain and Mitul Marma