The best of attacking from Chennai will face the best of defence from Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium of Chennai on Sunday evening.
With one win and 5 draws, Chennai managed to consume only 5 points from 9 matches. Although Chennai, in their previous season, has paved their road to semi-finals with 32 points. But this time around, the same team stats and line-ups went other way around. With the current scenario and form of the team, Thoi Singh might be replaced with Anirudh Thapa in the midfield. Germanpreet Singh too is expected to make a comeback to the first XI.
While Kolkata, on the other hand, seems to be satisfied with their gameplay and acquiring the middle berth in the scoreboard. With 3 wins and 3 draws from 9 matches, they have 12 points and stand at the 6th position. Steve Coppell is likely to make changes in the team so as to strengthen the attacking with a mixture of defence. There are chances of Hitesh Sharma rested for Komal Thatal or Eugeneson Lyngdoh, regaining match fitness. While Prabir Das and recent signing Emiliano Alfaro are out with injuries.
Chennai: Sanjiban Ghosh (GK), Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Alves, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Inigo Calderon, Thoi Singh, Raphael Augusto, Andrea Orlandi, Issac Vanmalsawma, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Kolkata: Arindam Bhattacharya, Ankit Mukherjee, John Johnson, Andre Bikey, Ricky Lallawmawma, Gerson Vieira, Pronay Halder, Hitesh Sharma, Manuel Lanzarote, Jayesh Rane, Everton Santos.
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Kolkata’s defence can prove an obstacle for Chennai but Chennai’s current form and changes indicates that they are desperate for a win.