The action now shifted to the South Indian derby as ninth-placed Kerala will lock horns with the tenth-placed Chennai on Friday at Kochi. Ever confused about ‘how to turn your success into a disaster?’ Learn from Chennai as they have managed to turn their fate against their butt. They had a major downfall from top to bottom in a matter of a few months. Although their campaign is almost over, they set a major objective to hit the AFC Cup. Doesn’t matter how much experienced squad or management Chennai set up, on the field they have been quite disappointing. Chennai has managed to clinch 8 points from 15 matches. With no suspensions or injuries in the list, it is likely that John Gregory will retain the squad.
Probable Line-ups: Karanjit Singh, Laldinliana Renthlei, Zohmingliana Ralte, Eli Sabiia, Tondonba Singh, Christopher Herd, Raphael Augusto, Francisco Fernandes, Gregory Nelson, CK Vineeth, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Kerala is back with full motivation after they managed an unexpected draw with the season’s lead Bengaluru. Although Kerala has lost hopes to make a comeback this season, they are up for a stern performance to end their campaign on a good note with sufficient points. Keziron Kizito and Courage Pekuson have put up a dangerous duo that some find it impossible to break. Pekuson was the one to score a goal against Bengaluru to level the scores. As far as the line-up is concerned, Anas Edathodika is the only player to be unavailable due to an injury.
Probable Line-up: Dheeraj Singh, Mohammed Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan, Nemanja Lakic Pesic, Pritam Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Keziron Kizito, Courage Pekuson, Seimineln Doungel, Matej Poplatnik, Slavisa Stojanovic.
The last fixture with Bengaluru has definitely sent up a ray of hope for Kerala and this will definitely help them win this fixture against Chennai. With both the sides have nothing to lose, it would be quite interesting to see how Chennai’s tactics will dominate their opponents. A home win is on the cards.