India vs Kuwait: SAFF Championship 2023 Final Preview, Head to Head and Predicted Line-ups

The Indian senior men's team is all set to lock horns with Kuwait in the grand final of the SAFF Championship 2023 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
India will be looking for their 9th SAFF title tomorrow against Kuwait. Image: AIFF
India will be looking for their 9th SAFF title tomorrow against Kuwait. Image: AIFF

India vs Kuwait will meet once again at the 2023 SAFF Championship, this time in the final of the tournament. Following their high-octane draw in group stages, the excitement is intense in the run-up to the ultimate fixture that will take place on 4 July 2023 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore.

India vs Kuwait: Match Preview

In their first appearance in the prestigious South Asian football tournament, Kuwait are in the midst of a brilliant campaign, staying undefeated in four matches to reach the final. On July 1, in a tough semi-final of the SAFF Championship 2023 against Bangladesh, a single solitary goal from Abdullah Al Buloushi was enough to secure a win for Kuwait by 1-0 during extra time.

Sunil Chhetri looks to finish the competition with new records (Image- Inside Sports)

The forward Shabaib Al Khaldi, who has scored one goal in the ongoing tournament, and the defender Khalid El Ebrahim are two of the most vital players for Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the defending champions India have performed exceptionally in the SAFF Championship, not losing a game on their way to the final as well. In their semi-final of the SAFF Championship 2023, Lebanon and India played out 120 minutes without scoring a goal before the hosts were victorious by 4-2 on penalties.

The captain Sunil Chhetri, who has netted five goals including a hat-trick against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ongoing tournament, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu are arguably the two best players on the football pitch for India.

Both teams are outrightly the best performers at the 2023 SAFF Championship and deserve to be in the final. There are brilliant players in both the line-ups who can change the complexion of the game. If their 1-1 draw in Group A is any indication, then the upcoming final is sure to be fiery.

Telecast:

India vs Kuwait SAFF Championship 2023 Final match will be telecasted live on DD Sports Network in India.

India vs Kuwait: Head to Head

India and Kuwait have played each other twice in football competitions. The head-to-head stands in favour of Kuwait who won one match back in 2010, while the other match, in the SAFF Championship 2023 ended in a draw.

MatchesIndia wonKuwait wonDraw
2011

Predicted Line-ups:

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Nikhil Poojary, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri

Kuwait: Bader Al-Saanoun, Mahdi Dashti, Khaled Ebrahim, Abdullah Al-Buloushi, Hussain Ali Muhaisen, Hasan Al Enezi, Mubarak Al Fnaini, Sultan Al-Enezi, Eid Al Rasheedi, Ali-Ahmad-Khalaf Faraj-Matar, and Salman Al-Awadhi.

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