Merdeka Cup 2023: India vs Malaysia Prediction, Head-To-Head Stats And Where To Watch. The Indian men’s football team led by Sunil Chhetri will take on Malaysia in the Merdeka Cup Semi-Finals 2023. The fixture will take place on 13th October 2023 at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.
It is a friendly football tournament the Malaysian Football Association organizes to mark the country’s independence celebration. It is the 42nd edition of the tournament and is being held for the first time since the 2013 edition.
India vs Malaysia Prediction
India will start the match as favourites considering the firepower the team possesses. The Indian team is experiencing a dream run in recent times as it won the SAFF Cup earlier in June and had an impressive putting in the Asian Games.
India will adopt the same strategy as it applied during its victorious campaign at the SAFF Cup. Sunil Chhetri will once again be the X-factor for the Indian team. His ability to read the passes and get into favourable positions inside the box allows for several goal-scoring opportunities.
Malaysian defence is quite weak and inexperienced. India has a very stable and strong midfield and they will try to exploit the loophole in Malaysian defence to launch strong attacks.
India should not have much concern and if everything goes according to plan, they should secure an easy victory. However, Malaysian forwards have pace and agility. They are capable of launching quick counter-attacks and the Indian defensive midfield mustn’t be complacent.
India 3-1 Malaysia
India VS Malaysia Head 2 Head
Total Games Played: 24
Indian Wins: 7
Malaysian Wins: 10
Where to Watch Merdeka Cup 2023
You can watch the live broadcast of the India VS Malaysia match on the Eurosport network. Apart from this you can also watch the live streaming of the match on Indian football team’s official YouTube channel.
Schedule of Merdeka Cup 2023
13th October 2023: India VS Malaysia (Semi-Finals)
17th October 2023: Malaysia/India VS Tajikistan* (Final)
*It was a four-nation tournament but Palestine withdrew due to national security reasons and hence Tajikistan directly qualified for the finals