India vs Nepal in SAFF Suzuki Cup in Thiruvananthapuram, India, Sunday, December. 27, 2015. (Image Hussain Sinan/File Photo).

Nepal football team is all set to play with India in the friendly match at Mumbai Sports Arena, Mumbai on Tuesday 7:15 p.m. Nepali Time.

AFC invited Nepal for the 2019 Asian qualifiers tournament after Guam withdrew and is all set to play on 13th of June at Halchowk, Nepal. Nepal is looking this match as the preparation match of that third round qualifier against the 100th ranked football team in the world.

Nepal is trying to forget that humiliating loss against the Philippines of 4-1 down in the 2nd round.

Head to head

Nepal and India have played 18 matches with each other and India have defeated on 12 occasions and Nepal’s last victory against the men in blue was in SAFF Championship 2013 at Dasharath Stadium off 2-1 up.

Total Match PlayedIndia WinsDrawsNepal WinsGoal Scored by IndiaGoal Scored by Nepal
181242319

Last meeting

World Cup qualifiers (First Leg): India 2 – 0 Nepal on 12th March
World Cup qualifiers (Second Leg): Nepal 0 – 0 India on 17th March

Team News

Rabin Shrestha and Rajin Dhimal are out due to injuries while Bikram Lama is carrying the Red card from the game against the Philippines. Skipper Anil Gurung and Karna Limbu are left out. And Biraj Maharjan will lead the team in the absence of Anil Gurung.

Nepal Team

Goal-Keepers: Bikesh Kuthu, Kiran Kumar Chemjong Limbu, Bishal Shrestha;

Defenders : Biraj Maharjan [Captain], Ananta Tamang, Aditya Chaudhary, Kamal Shrestha, Devendra Tamang, Jitendra Karki, Bimal Basnet;

Midfielders: Rohit Chand, Bishal Rai, Heman Gurung, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, Suman Lama, Hemant Thapa Magar;

Forwards: Bharat Khawas, Bimal Gharti Magar, Nawayug Shrestha

Coach:  Koji Gyotoku.

Match Facts

Match time: 7:15 PM Nepal time.
Where: Mumbai Football Arena
How to watch: Live broadcast on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, AP1HD, Dish Home Sports and Hotstar.com

What we can expect

India is 69 position ahead in the latest FIFA ranking and is the favorite but The Gorkhalis are always known as the underdogs while playing against the neighbors. From this match, we can expect a very good match of a tight result and an entertaining full match.