Host nation- India will be taking on the World Champions Belgium for their next game at the FIH Pro League at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. So far, it has been a solid start for India as they beat the Tthe Netherlands by 5-3. However, they then had to endure a defeat against the same opposition in the shootouts by 3-1. Team India is currently fifth on the points table.
Belgium on the other end is leading the lot with three wins and also have a shootout bonus under their belt from four games. Considering Belgium’s recent form, the Indians will have a difficult task ahead of themselves.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Time- 5:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Kalinga Stadium, Bhubhaneshwar
Mandeep Singh, Gujant Singh and Lalit Upadhyay are likely to lead the forward line for the men in blue. S Vittacharya could be coming off the bench. The skipper, Manpreet Singh and Kangujam Chinglensana should fill in midfield. Rupinder Pal Singh should continue to be at the defensive backline.
Manpreet Singh (c), Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Krishan Pathak, Birendra Lakra, Gurinder Singh, Sunil Sowmparpet, Mandeep Singh, Vivek Prasad, Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Singh, Sreejesh Parattu, Akashdeep Singh, C Kangujam, Sumit, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas.
Thomas Briels and Tom Boon will be in contention of featuring as the forwards for Belgium. Thomas Briels and Tom Boon have been quality for Belgium. S Dockier can be used off the bench. Felix Deanayer and N d Kerpel will be among the midfielders to watch out for. Meanwhile, Arthur van Doren should accommodate the defence.
Thomas Briels (c), L Luypaert, Nicolas de Kerpel, John-John Dohmen, Felix Denayer, Victor Wegnez, Arthur van Doren, C Charlier, Tom Boon, T Cosynys, Vincent Vanasch, E Stockbroekx, A Kina, A Hendrickx, Simon Gougnard, A de Sloover, Florent van Aubel, L van Doren.
Mandeep Singh has been one of the mainstays for India and has scored 79 goals from 154 games.
Tom Boon has been pivotal for Belgium over the course of time. Boon has 115 goals from 158 games for his side.
The veteran Rupinder Pal Singh has 105 goals from 157 games for Team India.
Florent van Aubel will also be essential for the Belgium unit. Florent has netted 46 goals from 150 games for his side.
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