Indian Arrows will host Chennai City FC in an I-League 2018-19 fixture to be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on Friday.
|Game||Indian Arrows v Chennai City FC|
|Date||Friday, February 8|
|Time||2:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the I-League. The games will be telecast on television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|NA||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Key Players: Prabsukhan Gill, Rohit Danu, Amarjit Kiyam
Chennai City FC:
Key Players: Pedro Manzi, Sandro Rodriguez, Nestor Gordillo
High-flying Indian Arrows take on title favourites Chennai City FC in a crucial I-League 2018-19 encounter on Friday in Bhubaneswar.
After a rough start to their campaign, the Arrows have come back well in the second leg and have done well. Their confidence would have been boosted after a win over defending champions Minerva Punjab.
The Arrows have bettered their tally from last season already with four games to spare. They have registered 16 points so far in the league, one more than their tally from last season with four matches to spare.
The team is looking in good shape under the tutelage of Floyd Pinto. The likes of Deepak Tangri, Prabhsukhan Gill and Amarjit Singh are delivering on a regular basis. Indian Arrows can prove to be the surprise package in the business end of the league.
Floyd Pinto’s boys though have an uphill task as they meet the most consistent side and the I-League title favourites Chennai City FC up next.
Chennai have lost just two matches so far in the season and have registered 30 points. Although Real Kashmir have overtaken them on the points table after Wednesday’s win over Gokulam, Chennai have two matches in hand.
The Spanish brigade, consisting of the likes of Pedro Manzi, Nestor Gordilla and Sandro Rodriguez, of the Southern outfit has consistently delivered for the club and has been instrumental in their smooth run so far.
But Akbar Nawaz’s side has to be careful now as the league enters its business end. Teams like Real Kashmir, East Bengal and Churchill Brothers are also in the mix for the title. The Coimbatore-based side cannot afford to be lax.
They started the season with a 4-1 win over Arrows with a hat-trick from Manzi stealing the show.
Chennai, taking to the field after a gap, will be looking to emulate that result and set the tone for the title run in. They had lost their last match against Real Kashmir away from home and thus they will be hungry for three points in Bhubaneswar.
Can Indian Arrows snatch away points from Chennai and spice up the title race, or will the South Indian club take a step forward towards glory?