Match 11 of the Indian Soccer League takes place tonight at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. 2 past champions who hold as many championship trophies each, square off looking to stay in the hunt for playoffs.
Chennai are yet to register a win this season. Their opening game saw a 3-0 demolition away at high flying Goa. That was followed by a stalemate at home against Mumbai, a game they should have won. Star striker Jeje Lapekhlua remains the only long term absentee. They have now failed to score a goal for a long time stretching back to last season. And getting one away to boost confidence will be first on John Gregory’s mind.
Kolkata are high on confidence after the 5-0 thrashing of newbies Hyderabad. It was the kind of comeback they needed after the narrow defeat against Kerala in the season opener. They have a front line that is full of goals as seen in the last match. Although missed chances can hurt them like it did in Kochi. Antonio Habas will be looking for no less than three points & he has the arsenal to get the job done.
Predicted Line-ups –
Chennai: Vishal Kaith, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Eli Sabia, Lucian Goian, Tondonba Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Anirudh Thapa, Dragos Firtulescu, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Nerijus Valskis
Kolkata: Arindam Bhattacharya, Pritam Kotal, Carl McHugh, Agustin Iniguez, Prabir Das, Pronoy Halder, Jayesh Rane, Edu Garcia, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy Krishna
SportsGuru Prediction –
Although Chennai play at home, Kolkata’s firepower might be a bit for them to handle. We Predict a 0-2 victory for the away team.