Doha, Nov 3: All eyes will be on Bengaluru FC as they take on Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in a crucial AFC Cup final encounter on Saturday, November 5.
It is a historic occasion for Indian football as Bengaluru FC are the first Indian club to reach the final of the tournament. [Indians in Doha welcome BFC]
Bengaluru FC are yet to lose a single game under newly appointed manager Albert Roca. In the ongoing season, 'The Blues' have played 4 matches where they have scored 5 goals and conceded just 2.
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya or as they are popularly known as Airforce Club are in a scintillating form so far. They have scored 9 goals and conceded 4.
Kick-off: 9:30 PM (IST), 7:00 PM (IST) (local time)
Venue: Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
The match will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports HD1/Star Sports 1 and Hotstar
Bengaluru FC will miss the services of first choice goalkeeper Amrinder Singh had picked a double booking the semi-final matches against Johor Darul Ta'zim.
Lalthuammawia Ralte is all set to grace the field in absence of Amrinder. Otherwise, Albert Roca is likely to retain the same starting XI.
Airforce club, on the other hand, do not have any injury concern or suspensions. We expect manager Basim Qasim to field the strongest possible team.
Bengaluru FC (4-5-1)
Goalkeeper: Lalthuammawia Ralte
Defenders: Rino Anto, John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar
Midfielders: Alwyn George, Alvaro Rubio, Cameron Watson, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Sunil Chhetri
Striker: CK Vineeth
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Fahad Talib
Defenders: Sameh Saeed, Ali Bahjat Fadhil, Samal Saeed, Mohammed Ali Karim
Midfielders: Osama Ali, Ali Adhnan Kadhim, Bashar
Strikers: Amjad Radhi, Hammadi Ahmed, Humam Tariq
The Iraqi striker is the deadliest player in the Airforce club. Hammadi Ahmed has scored 16 goals in the tournament so far and undoubtedly the best player of the tournament.
The defensive duo of Juanan and Johnson will have to be vigilant enough to keep the striker at bay. Bengaluru FC manager Albert Roca will definitely have special plans to stop the Iraqi forward.
If the Iraqi side have Hammadi Ahmed, Bengaluru FC have captain Sunil Chhetri. The iconic Indian star is in a sublime form whose brace guided Bengaluru FC to AFC Cup final.
Albert Roca is using Chhetri in an interesting role just behind goal poacher CK Vineeth. He is covering a lot of ground and mostly playing in a free role.
Bengaluru FC 1-2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya