China – India SOCCER PICKS
PR China and India meet, in a friendly match. This will be the 5th of the year for the PR China, after the previous disputed against Bahrain, Qatar, Thailand and Myanmar. In the case of India, this is their 1st friendly of the year. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. India presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The team of the house disputes its 5th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: Bahrain (0-0) PR China, Qatar (1-0) PR China, Thailand (0-2) PR China and PR China (1-0) Myanmar. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last 8 home matches PR China has 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The defense has been strong and only has suffered goals in 1 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 4 of the last 8 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 6 out of 8 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal.
China enters this match after a draw, by 0-0, against Bahrain, adding the second game followed without winning in friendly games. In this game against India, coach Marcello Lippi must play in a tactical system in 4-3-3, favoring a more offensive style of play, attacking through the side runners. In addition, the Chinese team likes to have the ball, to take advantage of any imbalance to apply the attack. Law Wu is one of the individual highlights, being very strong in the offensive process and in the completion. The usual players are available for this friendly.
The visiting team plays their first friendly of the year, after having played 4 in the last year, with the following markers: India (1-1) Saint Kitts and Nevis, India (2-1) Mauritius, India (2-0) Nepal and Cambodia (2-3) India. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 31 goals scored and 13 conceded. In the last game that they disputed, for the South Asian Federation Championship, they lost with Maldives out by (2-1). In the last 5 away matches India has 3 wins and 2 losses. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 11 of the last 14 games, of these 11 came to the break in advantage in 3 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 .
The selection of India enters this match after a snub, by 2-1, in the visit to Maldives, in a game for the SAFF Championship. Coach Stephen Constantine usually acts in a traditional 4-2-3-1, favoring a more direct style of play, attacking quickly through the runners. In the midfield it is possible for Halder, Thapa and Sunil Chhetri to act. We emphasize the last one, due to its quality of pass and vision of game. The India coach can count on all his players.