Both Bangladesh and Pakistan who won their first matches in Group A and will face each other today in SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018.
Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 in front of more than twenty thousand fans of their own, and Pakistan secure a decisive three points in a breathtaking match against Nepal on match day one of the tournament.
Since winning the tournament in 2003 at home soil, Bangladesh only made the knockout stage twice since. In 2005 they finished as runners-up and in 2009 they reached the semi-finals. This is their 11th appearance in this tournament.
Pakistan has never won this tournament despite playing 10 previous occasions. But, they have reached the knockout stage twice, and reached the semi-finals in 2005.
Both teams will be looking to win and book their place in Semifinals.
Pakistan entered the tournament without their talisman Kaleemullah Khan.
Pakistan squad has six players playing abroad. Four of them plays in Denmark first and second division, One plays in Australian league and one in American state league.
Pakistan team had difficulties and has no hope now getting Visa from Bangladesh for their best player Adnan Mohamed who plays in Denmark first division.
Bangladesh will probably start the same lineup they started against Bhutan.
WHAT MANAGERS SAY:
Bangladesh Head Coach Jamie Day said, they competed very well against Bhutan but there is always room for improvement. They will look at all the things they need to work on and implement that against Pakistan.
“They’re a different team. They’re going to be bigger and stronger physically, they’ll also be better on the ball. We need to make sure our shape is good”. He added.
He also said that, the support from the fans against Bhutan was fantastic and he knows if the fans turn up in equal numbers or more against Pakistan and Nepal, the boys will play even better.
Pakistan Coach Jose Antonio Nogueira said that, they are going to play against Bangladesh at their home and it will be quite difficult, but it is up to them to fight.
“We played well and got the result (against Nepal) but I want more from my team. We have to go up from here.” He added.
HEAD TO HEAD
Bangladesh and Pakistan had met each other on 17 occasions in all competitions. Bangladesh winning 7, Pakistan winning 5 and both drawing each other 5 times.
Pakistan have won back-to-back games in the SAFF Suzuki Cup and could equal their longest winning streak in the competition in this game. They have won three games SAFF Suzuki Cup games in January 2003.
This will be the 7th meeting between Bangladesh and Pakistan in SAFF Suzuki Cup. Each team has won twice and drew twice.
Pakistan scored just one goal against Bangladesh in the last 10 meetings in all competition.