The fifth match of the 2021 Indian Super League (ISL) will see Jamshedpur FC play host to Chennaiyin FC on Tuesday at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. Jamshedpur finished eighth last season with just 18 points from as many games while Chennaiyin were tache runners up in the final. It is therefore going to be interesting to see how much the Red Miners have managed to bridge the gap in the off season with a number of new signings in place.
The two sides have met six times before, with Jamshedpur winning once and Chennaiyin twice. The remaining three matches were draws. The Marina Machans also lead 8-6 in terms of the number of goals scored. It is also important to remember that Jamshedpur FC haven’t won in their last five matches in the ISL, losing three and drawing two. The pressure will also be on Owen Coyle, who incidentally took Chennaiyin to the final last season, to finish higher than Jamshedpur’s best-ever finish at fifth.
— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) November 24, 2020
While we mentioned Owen Coyle’s association with Chennaiyin, another individual who would be looking to sparkle against his former club is Jamshedpur striker Nerijus Valskis. The Lithuanian won the golden boot last season with his impeccable form upfront for Chennaiyin and played a huge role in getting them to the final. Having joined Coyle, it seems like there is merit to the theory that Jamshedpur are going to be a tougher nut to crack this season.
They have also brought in Peter Hartley, who will be captaining the side, and Stephen Eze in defence. Jackichand Singh is going to be another important player for them after impressing with FC Goa. Yet another player who has some kind of an association with Chennaiyin is Laldinliana Renthlei and the youngster should start at right back for Coyle. Much will also be expected from Narender Gehlot, Sandip Mandi, Mobashir Rahman, Joyner Lorenco and especially Amarjit Singh Kiyam. Jamshedpur also have David Grande, Alex Lima and Aitor Monroy in their ranks for some much-needed experience.
Let’s get this going! 🔥
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For Chennaiyin, they have sought to fill the Valskis-shaped hole with strikers Jakub Sylvestr and Esmael Goncalves. Last ISL’s losing finalists will also be depending on the likes of Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Anirudh Thapa Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev and Memo for assistance during attacking transitions. In defence, they have Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Lalchhuanmawia amongst others to provide robustness. Both the coaches usually favour a progressive 4-2-3-1 formation and we wouldn’t expect anything different tonight.
TP Rahenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Narendar Gehlot, Peter Hartley, Sandip Mandi; Aitor Monroy, Amarjit Kiyam; Jackichand Singh, Alex Lima, Nicholas Fitzgerald; Nerijus Valskis
Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa; Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves
Jamshedpur FC 2-1 Chennaiyin FC
TV Channel and Livestream
The match will be telecast across Star Network’s sports and regional channels. The match can also be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV. Kick-off is at 7:30 pm IST.
ings beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in an IPL game in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. PTI KHS