After falling to 2-0 defeat at the hands of hosts UAE, India have dropped down to the second spot in Group A with three points from two games.
Now the Blue Tigers face a vital clash against Bahrain on Monday, with their qualification hopes hinging on it. Even if India do not manage to finish in the top two spots, the format of the tournament allows for four of the six third-placed teams to go through and Stephen Constantines team will fancy themselves.
Lets now take a look at the various possibilities for India ahead of their final group game:
Only a UAE win over Thailand will deny India the top spot in Group A in this case. If UAE beat Thailand, they will have seven points and India will go through as runners-up.
If the Blue Tigers manage to hold Bahrain, then India needs UAE not to get beaten against Thailand to secure a top-two finish. A UAE win will mean they will go through as group winners with seven points and India second with four.
If UAE is held by Thailand, both India and the War Elephants will have four points each. In this case, UAE win the group and India will go through as second-placed team because of the head-to-head result favouring Constantinee men.
If Thailand beat UAE, they will win the group and UAE will go through as second-placed team. India will then have to wait for lady fortune to smile on them and help go through as one of the best third-placed teams.
This is a far from ideal situation for India. If Bahrain beat India, the Blue Tigers cannot secure automatic progression and their best bet will be to wait on various results to go in their faovur and go through as one of the best third-placed teams.
If Thailand manages to avoid defeat against UAE, India will finish bottom of the group and crash out.
If Thailand are beaten by UAE, India will be third and then hope they go through as one of the best third-placed teams.
Source : Goal.com