Winless Chennai will look for another chance to claim their first victory when they meet their arch-rivals Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.
Eight games until now, Chennai still didn’t manage to claim a single win after their win over Kolkata in the inaugural fixture of the season. Chennai’s key mid-fielder Dhanpal Ganesh still won’t be able to resume for this match as well. Raphael Augusto will have to be even more strong in the absence of Dhanpal Ganesh. The Brazilian mid-fielder converted a penalty during a 3-1 defeat to Jamshedpur. His form is perfect to be played in the team and that can really help the team to strengthen during the match.
Kerala have played 8 games this season and sit at 7th in the table with seven points, also seven points behind the top-4. However, they have played a game less than Jamshedpur who are on 4th, so this game is an opportunity to close down the gap.
Whatever happens, this game is going to witness both the teams playing with aggression and passion.
Chennai: Rachubka (GK), Lalruatthara, Brownm Jhingan, Anto, Pulga, Arata, Jackichand, Pekuson, Vineeth, Baldvinsson
Kerala: Karanjit (GK), Jerry, Sereno, Calderon, Keenan, Bikramjit, Dhanpal, Francis, Augusto, Nelson, Jeje.
My PlayerzPot XI:
Expect a balanced match with few hits and misses and both the teams leading the match to a draw.