04:30 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Maldives vs India match in SAFF Women’s Championship 2022. The kick-off is just an hour away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

Maldives vs India: Build-up

For the Maldives, it will be an uphill battle since reigning champions India are strong favourites on paper and will hope to carry their momentum after winning their opener against Pakistan.

However, the game of football has a tendency to cause an upset in tournaments like these in particular. The battle between “David and Goliath” in Group A of the SAFF Women’s Championship is building a lot of hype amongst the fans of both nations.

Also Read: SAFF Championship 2022: Fixtures, Results, Points Table, Standings

For the Maldives, an opening day 0-3 defeat against Bangladesh was a harsh start to their campaign. They will aim to limit Indian attacks and have a chance for themselves in counter-attacking opportunities. Avoiding defeat will be a major achievement for the team, with all due respect.

Indian women’s team are the outright favourites to win the title. They won the opening contest against Pakistan by a 3-0 score with plenty of chances of registering more goals. Five-time winners of this trophy and the defending champions will be looking at securing a knockout berth by winning the forthcoming clash against the Maldives.

Also Read: India coach Suren Chettri pre-match press conference

Head-to-head

Maldives and India have faced each other six times prior to this encounter. The Blue Tigresses have won on five occasions. The other fixture ended in a draw.

Probable Line-ups

Maldives: Aminath Leeza (GK), Aishath Raveena, Shahula Thaufeeq, Mariyam Noora, Hawwa Haneefa, Shahfa Shiuth, Raniya Ibrahim, Maeesha Hannan, Fathimath Adam, Fathimath Theeba, Fathimath Saina.

India: Aditi Chauhan(GK), Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Ratanbala Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Margaret Castanha, Anju Tamang, Priyangka Devi, Renu, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Dangmei Grace.

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