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India vs Afghanistan Predictions & Tips - India happy to take a draw in the Asian World Cup qualifiers

  • India vs Afghanistan predictions for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier
  • The match is being played at 3pm BST at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
  • India have drawn 1-1 in their last 2 matches against Afghanistan
  • I am backing a draw in Doha
  • Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
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India have drawn 5 of their last 10 matches (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 15 Jun 2021
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India vs Afghanistan Predictions

Afghanistan and India have yet to win a game in the AFC World Cup qualifiers. I don’t see that changing in Doha with a draw predicted.

  • India have won 1 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • India have drawn 5 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
  • India have drawn 1-1 in their last 2 matches against Afghanistan (all competitions).
  • Afghanistan have drawn 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head

India have a 5-1 advantage against Afghanistan with 2 draws in 8 matches.

The first World Cup qualifier ended in a 1-1 draw in November 2019.

India Form

India have had a poor World Cup qualifying campaign. They best they can hope for is a spot in the Asian Cup qualifying round.

The Blue Tigers went six matches without a win in Group E. They snapped that run with a 2-0 win in Bangladesh last time out, Sunil Chhetri scoring two late goals to make it 74 international goals.

Igor Stimac’s side have problems scoring with just five goals scored in seven World Cup qualifiers.

India Squad & Team News

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Amrinder Singh
Defenders: Akash Mishra, Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke, Chinglensana Singh, Narender Gahlot, Sandesh Jhingan (Vice Captain), Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose
Midfielders: Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Sahal Abdul Samad, Mohammad Yasir, Lalengmawia, Pronay Halder
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (Captain), Manvir Singh, Liston Colaco, Ishan Pandita

Indian captain and striker Sunil Chhetri has scored 74 goals in 117 internationals.

Afghanistan Form

Afghanistan sit one point behind India in Group E. 

The Lions of Khorasan played two friendlies in May, a 3-2 win against Indonesia and a 1-1 draw against Singapore.

Anoush Dastgir’s side got back to the World Cup qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh after conceding in the 84th minute. They lost 2-1 against Oman last time out with Omid Popalzay equalising.

Afghanistan Squad & Team News

Goalkeepers: Ovays Azizi, Faisal Hamidi, Hamidullah Wakily
Defenders: Masih Saighani, David Najem, Zohib Islam Amiri, Najim Haidary, Hussain Alizada, Sharif Mukhammad, Hassan Amin
Midfielders: Adam Najem, Noor Husin, Zubayr Amiri, Farshad Noor (Captain), Faysal Shayesteh, Maziar Kouhyar, Fardin Hakimi, Milad Intezar, Abassin Alikhil, Zelfy Nazary, Samir Samandari
Forwards: Jabar Sharza, Norlla Amiri, Omran Haydary, Amredin Sharifi, Omid Popalzay, Hossein Zamani, Fareed Sadat

Midfielder Faysal Shayesteh is a key player after scoring 9 goals in 47 internationals.


India will want to keep this tight and be happy to avoid defeat against Afghanistan. I am expecting a low scoring draw in Doha.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-153.85 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @230.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @500.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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