I-League 2018-19: Churchill Brothers vs Indian Arrows- Preview and prediction
Churchill Brothers will be playing host tomorrow as they take on Indian Arrows in their return I-League fixture. Churchill are currently second in the I-League table, and have collected 25 points from 13 matches. Arrows, on the other hand, are eighth with 13 points from as many matches. Will it be a smooth sail for Churchill tomorrow? Here's our detailed match preview.
How strong do Churchill Brothers look ahead of the encounter?
Churchill will be coming into the match after four straight wins. They will want to continue their impressive form. The last time these two teams met, Churchill won in an unconvincing manner, with a scoreline of 1-0. However, with Plaza's tremendous form and the addition of the veteran Cavin Lobo to their squad, it can be presumed that Churchill will be hard to beat.
How do Arrows look before the tie?
In their last five matches, India Arrows have won two and lost three. They, however, were quite good against East Bengal in their last I-League match, putting the Kolkata giants under pressure at their own home. Arrows can calculate their situation carefully and take each match at a time, as they are neither competing for the title, nor are they in the relegation zone.
Who will be the key players in the fixture?
Willis Plaza's importance in the Churchill squad cannot be overstated. He's the joint high-scorer along with Pedro Manzi, with 13 goals each. Novakovic is also an important defender in the Churchill ranks and will play a crucial role in the match. In the Arrows ranks, Anwar Ali will be their crucial defender, as will Vikram Pratap Singh be in attack.
Predicted line-up and TV listing
Churchill Brothers: Kithan, Vaz, Rodrigues, Novakovic, Mohanraj, Lyngdoh, Costa, Aucho, Ceesay, Wolfe, Plaza. Indian Arrows: Gill, Rai, J Singh, Ali, B Singh, Tangri, A Singh, Lalengmawia, Meetei, KP, Pratap. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5:00 PM and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network. It can also be live-streamed on Hotstar or Jio TV.
How can the match turn out to be?
Considering the form the two teams are in, it can be easily presumed that Churchill have the higher chances of winning the match. They are scoring goals, defending well, and have kept up the consistency throughout the season this term. Even though Arrows have played some impressive matches, they hardly have the firepower to beat Churchill tomorrow, that too in an away match.