India will take on Wales in a crucial Pool D game in Bhubaneshwar on Friday. While they started off win a win against Spain in their first group-stage fixture, their goalless draw against England now has made a direct qualification into the next round a bit trickier in the sense that they would now have to worry about the goal difference to top the group if England beat Spain.
Notably, only the team that tops the pool qualify for the next round with those finishing second and third set to face those that finish third and second respectively in Pool C.
On paper though, India start as the favourites against Wales in this match. Not only are the Men in Blue the higher ranked team, they will also play at home amid a packed stadium. India’s first two matches were in Rourkela meaning this will be their first match in Odisha and the first time Wales will witness the maddening home support for Team India.
India’s only concern would be the injury of Hardik Singh and it would be interesting to see how that pans out moving forward in the tournament.
As far as Wales are concerned, they were outplayed in each of their first two matches but they did put on a strong defence which means India’s poor record in penalty conversion would once again be put to good test.
PR Sreejesh (goalkeeper), Krishna Pathak (goalkeeper), Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (Captain), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (Vice Captain), Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh
Head Coach: Graham Reid
Toby Reynolds-Cotterill (goalkeeper), Rhys Payne(goalkeeper), Gareth Furlong, Daniel Kyriakides, Hywel Jones, Ioan Wall, Steve Kelly, Lewis Prosser (captain), Dale Hutchinson, Jacob Draper, Gareth Griffiths, Rhys Bradshaw, Rupert Shipperley (captain), Fred Newbold, Ben Francis, Luke Hawker (captain), James Carson, Jack Pritchard
Head Coach: Daniel Newcombe
India vs Wales Head-to Head
The teams have met each other thrice and on all three occasions India have come out on top.