SAFF Cup 2013: India vs Nepal Football Match Preview

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India Nepal SAFF NabiIn a crucial encounter of SAFF Cup 2013, Nepal will play against arch rivals India. Both the teams will have 4 points each from 2 games and would be looking to win this game to book a direct berth in the final.

India has so far seen a shaky start with an unconvincing win against Pakistan and a lucky draw against Bangladesh. In fact, had it not been for the last minute salvage by the prolific Sunil Chhetri with a free-kick goal, India would have brought unto themselves an embarrassing defeat against minnow Bangladeshi team.

Nepal, although having a great start with 2-0 win against Bangladesh, struggled in their second match against a clinical Pakistan. In a fashion similar to India, Nepal managed to get a draw, although Pakistan claim that they were denied a legitimate foul on the goalkeeper.

As far as records are concerned, that would be on India’s side. Both teams have played 13 matches among themselves, India winning 9 while Nepal winning only on 2 occasions.

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But history would not be enough for an Indian team that is struggling in the football field, barely managing to pass the ball and hold possession. The Dutch style of play, it seems, is too big a bite for the current Indian footballers who have mostly played kick and run football. Add to that the bizarre selection policy of Wim Koeverman’s where arguably the better footballers are either kept on the benches (Nabi) or not selected altogether.


In this situation, Nepal looks favourite to win this match. A loss for India here would mean they would be praying for a draw in the other match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. India would also be wary of the super-sub wonder kid Bimal Magar who rescued Nepal against Pakistan earlier.

Given the record of Wim, there is little chance that he will change the starting line up. However, one would like to see Rahim Nabi start for a change and rattle the opposition with his through runs on the wing.

Prediction: Nepal 1-1 India

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