Chennaiyin FC will take on fellow play-off berth contender in Jamshedpur FC on Sunday evening at the Marina Arena, Chennai.
|Game||Chennaiyin FC v Jamshedpur FC|
|Date||Sunday, February 18|
|Time||5:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecast with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Hindi TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Star Sports Hindi 1/ HD||Jalsha Movies/HD|
|Malayalam TV channel||Kannada TV channel|
|Asianet Movies/HD||Suvarna Plus/HD|
Suspended: Dhanpal Ganesh, Gregory Nelson
Key Players: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Raphael Augusto
JAMSHEDPUR FC XI:
Key Players: Wellington Priori, Trindade
Chennaiyin FC will play their fourth Indian Super League (ISL) match in 13 days as they face Jamshedpur FC on Sunday evening. They have picked four points from a possible nine during this phase.
The Southerners edged past FC Goa 1-0 in the last game but haven’t won consecutive matches in their last 12 outings, something which coach John Gregory would want to correct this weekend.
They will be without the services of Dhanpal Ganesh, the midfield stalwart who has been crucial in breaking up play. Gregory Nelson too is suspended and is known for his defensive work by helping Jerry Lalrinzuala. The height factor will also be crucial given that they are among the taller players in the squad.
It will be interesting to see whether Gregory would go for a win or rather opt to play safe and pick a point against their direct rivals for a place in the play-offs. A lot depends on who Gregory picks to replace Nelson, whether it will be Jude Nworuh or Jamie Gavilan.
Jeje Lalpekhlua will hope to be on the score-sheet after fluffing his line against Bengaluru FC the last time they played in Chennai.
Jamshedpur FC come into the tie after a weeklong break. Alongside Bengaluru FC, they are the most in-form side in the ISL. In the last six games, they have picked up 15 points.
With the addition of Wellington Priori, the club has looked to attack more and keep the ball well. Interestingly, two of their foreign signings haven’t endured the best of seasons – Kervens Belfort and Sameegh Doutie. The duo have been injured and when thrown on the field, haven’t performed up to the expectations.
Steve Coppell will have to take a call on if Andre Bikey would partner Tiri in centre-back or would it be Anas Edathodika. This will more or less determine whether they start with Trindade Goncalves to support Izu Azuka in attack or not.
Both teams cannot afford to lose and expect a cagey affair in Chennai. Both teams will wait for the other to commit a mistake as opposed to going gung-ho for a result. The most persevering team shall come out on top.