ISL 2018-19: Chennaiyin FC vs Jamshedpur: Preview and prediction
Chennaiyin FC will be hosting Jamshedpur tomorrow in their return Indian Super League fixture. While Chennaiyin are at the bottom of the league table with eight points from 16 matches, Jamshedpur are fifth with 23 points from 16 matches. Will Chennaiyin be able to produce a miracle and get the better of Jamshedpur tomorrow? Here's our detailed match preview.
Defending champions Chennaiyin have managed to register only two wins this season. They will start their AFC Cup campaign from March 6 and it remains to be seen how Chennaiyin perform in the tournament. Gregory Nelson will not be able to play a part in the match as he will be serving a suspension after being showed a fourth yellow in the last match.
Jamshedpur are at the fifth spot with a four-point difference between themselves and fourth-placed Mumbai City FC. Only if Mumbai and NorthEast United drop points they will be able to manage a play-off spot. Tim Cahill remains injured and will play no part in the match. They will be coming off a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Pune City.
Raphael Augusto and Jeje Lalpekhlua, who were Chennaiyin's trump cards last season but did not manage to show the same merit this season, will again be their most important players in the match. Augusto will be their key in midfield as Jeje will be the main man in scoring goals. Mario Arques and Carlos Calvo will be the key players for Jamshedpur tomorrow.
Chennaiyin FC: Karanjit Singh, Renthlei, Alves, Sabia, Tondonba Singh, Herd, Fernandes, Augusto, Narzary, Vineeth, Lalpekhlua. Jamshedpur FC: Pal, Gurung, Fernandes, Tiri, Dhanachandra Singh, Arques, Memo, Calvo, Choudhary, Cidoncha, Passi. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 PM, and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network. It can also be live-streamed on Hotstar or Jio TV.
Jamshedpur are favorites by a mile and should not have any problem picking up the win tomorrow. However, they cannot take the match lightly as anything except a win will see them out of competition for qualifying for the play-offs. Chennaiyin, after their recent win against Bengaluru, should also be charged up for the fight. We predict 3-1 to Jamshedpur.
Choose Karanjit Singh as the goalkeeper keeping a 4-3-3 formation in mind. Gurung and Sabia can play as the central defenders as Renthlei and Dhanachandra take up the left and right back roles respectively. Augusto, Narzary, and Memo can be the midfielders for the match as Jeje, Passi, and Vineeth take up attacking duties.