Form and history does not inspire confidence for the supporters of the Indian team. The last time India beat Iran was way back in 1959, with the first victory coming in the final of the 1951 Asian Games in New Delhi.
     
But the current scenario is bleak for the hosts and with just one win from their last five games, the 155th ranked India will have their task cut out when they take on the Asian
giants. Sitting at the bottom of group, India have lost both their qualifiers so far to Oman and tiny Guam.

India's set up against Nepal showed the coach was still experimenting with the team at his disposal and it will be interesting to see if he reverts to traditional personnel in the line up. Arnab Mondal, rested against Nepal, could return to the team's central defense alongside the in form Sandesh Jhingan, as they form India's best partnership at the back. Dhanpal Ganesh looked solid against Nepal.
     
Coach Stephen Constantine's best XI will also include Robin Singh and skipper Sunil Chhetri upfront with Jackichand Singh providing support. Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Ganesh, Pronay Halder and Sehnaj Singh will likely man the midfield. Rino Anto or Pritam Kotal will have Narayan Das as his partner on the opposite flank. India have conceded 14 goals in six games, scoring five.

 

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