Team India will be looking at carrying on the momentum after registering a vital 2-1 win league leaders Belgium. However, the World number one team will be looking to redeem themselves for Round 2 which will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. With the game going right down the wire on the previous occasion, we can expected yet another closely fought contest on Sunday evening.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Time-5:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
Mandeep Singh,Lalit Upadhyay and Ramandeep Singh will be expected to be in the starting lineup. Gurjant Singh and S Vittacharya should be coming off the bench. Captain, Mandeep Singh and top scorer Rupinder Pal Singh will be the certainties in the for the hosts.
Manpreet Singh (c), Harmanpreet Singh, Krishan Pathak, Birendra Lakra, Sunil Sowmparpet, Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Vivek Prasad, Lalit Upadhyay, Amit Rohidas, Gurinder Singh, C Kangujam, Sumit, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Singh, Sreejesh Parattu, Akashdeep Singh.
Captain Thomas Briels and Tom Boon should retain their spots in the lineup. Florent van Aubel can be used as an option upfront. Arthur van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx will be fitting in at defence.
Thomas Briels (c), L Luypaert, Vincent Vanasch, E Stockbroekx, T Cosynys, A Kina, Nicolas de Kerpel, John-John Dohmen, Florent van Aubel, L van Doren, A de Sloover, Felix Denayer, Victor Wegnez, Arthur van Doren, C Charlier, Tom Boon, A Hendrickx, Simon Gougnard.
Mandeep Singh has 80 goals from a 155 games for India.
Tom Boon has netted 115 goals from 159 matches for Belgium.
Rupinder Pal Singh tops the charts with 105 goals from 158 games for India.
Florent van Aubel has 46 goals from 151 matches for Belgium.
From 22 previous encounters, eight have been won by India in contrast to Belgium’s 12 wins. Two games have ended on level terms during that period.