Nepal suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their opening match while Bhutan experienced a convincing loss against host Bangladesh in their first game, thus turning Thursday's match into a do-or-die battle for both the teams
Both Nepal and Bhutan will be looking to salvage their Saff Championship 2018 campaign when they face each other in a crucial encounter Thursday at 4pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Nepal suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their opening match while Bhutan experienced a convincing loss against host Bangladesh in their first game, thus turning Thursday's match into a do-or-die battle for both the teams.
Nepal will have the edge over the opposition as they have won seven times in as many attempts against Bhutan in competitive internationals.
In order to keep alive their hope of qualifying for the semi-final, Nepal will rely on their attacking trio of Bharat Khawas, Bimal Bharti Magar and Nawjug Sreshtha, who however, were below-par against Pakistan.
Bangladesh are confident but cautious to carry on their winning run and confirm their semi-final berth at the Saff Championship 2018 when they take on Pakistan in their second Group A match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.https://t.co/PKJ5AY6SRD#BFF #SAFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 5, 2018
On the eve of the Bhutan clash, Nepal coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said, “I admit they (attacking trio) lacked the right rhythm against Pakistan, but I believe our time is not over, we have another two very hard matches to prove our worth.”
Besides the attacking trio, the Nepal defence will also need to be on their guard as they provided the Pakistan attackers a lot of space.
Bhutan, in contrast, will depend heavily on the talismanic Chencho Gyaltsen, who failed to make an impact against Bangladesh.
Tightly marked by the Bangladesh defenders, Chencho was a shadow of himself while the supply from midfield also lacked quality. Goes without saying, Bhutan have to rise to the occasion to save them from early elimination.