China vs India - Team Dragon tipped to dominate Blue Tigers

Home side are deserved favourites against India
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China are expected to continue their unbeaten run against India this weekend (Getty Images)

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China are set to host India in an international friendly at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium. India have never beaten China in international football and this will be the first time they have locked horns in a friendly on Chinese soil. 

China


Marcelo Lippi’s side have experienced a dip in form over the last 12 months, with a scoreless draw against Bahrain before a 1-0 loss to Qatar.  The Chinese Football Association have invested heavily in the support staff for the side, with the aim of having an impact at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

China are likely to start with the same 4-4-2 line-up that played out the draw with Bahrain with Beijing striker Whang Xizhe partnering Gao Lin up front. 

China have an outstanding record against India with 12 wins in the last 17 games. This will be the first time these two sides have played in China and the first time they have met since 1997.

Chinese striker Gao Lin will lead the line for the national side against India (Getty Images)

India


India have named a 28-man squad for their first international friendly match in China. The Blue Tigers have had a tough time in 2018, coming off a 2-1 loss the Maldives in September and the friendly with China will be used for their preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Indian coach Stephen Constantine will have to make do without forward Balwant Singh, who was dropped from the squad over passport issues. Skipper Sunil Chhetri will lead the side, with the Indian skipper scoring eight goals in his last four appearances for the national side.

Sunil Chhetri has scored 8 goals in his last 4 appearances for the national side (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head


China have played India 17 times in international competition with China winning 12 of the last 17 and five draws. These two sides last met in 1997 in the Nehru Cup with China winning 2-1.

Match Up


India face a mammoth challenge in their first matchup against the Red Dragons on Chinese soil. 

The home side will be intent on taking advantage of India’s inexperience on the international stage. Shanghai SPGI forward Wu Lei is expected to exploit the space in the channels. The Shanghai forward has found the back of the net three times in his last six matches for the national team.  

Key Statistics


  • China have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 matches (Friendlies). 
  • China have won 12 of the last 17 matches against India (All Competitions).
  • India have lost their last 2 away matches in all competitions. 
Verdict

India have improved dramatically with the advent of the Indian Super League but may struggle with the step up in class. China are an improving force in world football and are deserved favourites to capture a win at home.

Best Bet: China Win to Nil @ 1.57 - 6 Units
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Dan Gardner 13 October 2018

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