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Syria vs India: Preview, Team News, Predicted Lineups & Prediction of AFC Asian Cup 2023 clash

Published at :January 21, 2024 at 4:53 PM
Modified at :January 23, 2024 at 4:21 PM
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Yash Pratap Singh

Both India and Syria are yet to score a goal at the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

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After two entertaining matchdays, the focus now shifts to the third and ultimate group stage fixtures at the AFC Asian Cup 2023. The Indian football team will face-off against Syria in their next fixture of the continental championship.

Both sides come into the game after a defeat in their previous outing. Both teams can still possibly make it to the knockout rounds if they pull off a win over each other. It is going a be a high-stakes battle and one which will decide India’s future at the competition.

Here is what to look out for ahead of India’s clash with Syria in the AFC Asian Cup 2023:

Kick Off

January 23, 2024, 17:00 IST

January 23, 2024, 14:30 GMT+3


Syria (in all competitions) L-D-D-D-L

India (in all competitions) L-L-L-W-L

Players to watch

Abdul Rahman Oues (Syria)

Oues will shoulder the responsibility of neutralizing India’s attacking moves. (Courtesy: Outlook India)

The defender has been very solid at the back for Syria. He has been one of the most consistently performing players for the Syrian national team. Oues has had two busy outings at the AFC Asian Cup 2023 and he has done exceptionally well.

He is a defensive full-back who can also make bombing runs forward as and when required. Oues will shoulder the responsibility of neutralising India’s attacking moves from the left.

Lalengmawia Ralte (India)

Apuia is very good at winning the ball in key positions. (Courtesy: AFC)

Apuia has been one of India’s unsung heroes. He is a very smart and clever midfielder who does his job silently. A good handler of the ball, Apuia is known for his composure and ball distribution.

He is very good at winning the ball in key positions and initiating the next stage of play. Moreover, he is also heavily involved in making crucial clearances, tackles and blocks.

Match facts

  • India are undefeated against Syria since 2009.
  • Syria are ranked 91st while India are ranked 102nd in the FIFA rankings.
  • Both India and Syria are yet to score a goal at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Injury and Team News

Both India & Syria are expected to have a fully fit squad available for selection. Igor Stimac confirmed that all Indian football team players are fit & ready to play.


Total Matches played – 6

Syria Wins – 2

India Wins – 3

Draws – 1

Predicted Line-up

Syria (4-4-2)

Ibrahim Alma (C) (GK); Abdul Rahman Weiss, Aiham Ousou, Thaer Krouma, Moayad Ajan; Mahmoud Al Aswad, Jalil Elías, Ezequiel Ham, Ammar Ramadan; Pablo Sabbag, Ibhraim Hesar

India (4-2-3-1)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Nikhil Poojary, Sandesh Jhingan, Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra; Apuia, Suresh Singh Wangjam; Rahul KP, Brandon Fernandes, Naorem Mahesh Singh; Sunil Chhetri (C)

Prediction for Syria vs India

Both sides come into this game on the back of a defeat. Both teams will surely go all out for a win. Expect Syria to have the last laugh.

Prediction: Syria 1-0 India

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Telecast for Syria vs India

India – Sports 18, Jio Cinema

Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Oman – BeinSports, Alkass

United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands – Triller TV

Australia – Network 10

Saudi Arabia – Shahid

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Worldwide Broadcast DetailsClick here

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