After starting off their Asian Games 2018 campaign in an emphatic manner, defending champions India will be eyeing another massive victory when they take on lowly Hong Kong China in their second pool match on Wednesday.
It is expected to be another goalfest for India against Hong Kong China, who are ranked 45th in the world. India coach Harendra Singh is expected to continue experimenting with his plans and personnel against Hong Kong China as well to provide all the players of his squad enough game time before the business end of the tournament.
The Indians would like to carry on the goal-scoring spree to lift their confidence ahead of other pool matches against Japan on August 24, Korea on August 26 and Sri Lanka on August 28.
Ranked fifth in the world, the highest among the Asian countries, India hammered hosts Indonesia 17-0 in their opening Pool A match on Monday, thereby registering their highest victory margin in the history of the Asian Games. India’s previous highest margin of win was a 12-0 rout of Iran in 1974 and Bangladesh in 1982.
India are tipped the firm favourites to win their second consecutive Asian Games title. The Asian Games gold will earn India a direct entry to the Tokyo Olympics and provide them ample time to prepare best for the quadrennial extravaganza in 2020.
(With PTI inputs)