Chennaiyin FC will be taking a trip to the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium as they face NorthEast United in the ongoing ISL campaign. The Highlanders currently reside ar the fifth spot with 10 points and are fresh from a 3-0 thumping by the hands of ATK at home. The hosts will be eager for a win as they’re two points away from fourth-placed Jamshedpur. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC will have to aim for maximum points in nearly every game since they reside at the second to last position on the table with six points to their tally.
Date- Thursday, December 12 | Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST) | Venue- Indira Gandhi Stadium
The big news coming from the hosts’ camp is that their talisman Asamoah Gyan is in doubt to start against Chennaiyin FC after sustaining a knock recently. With that being said, Barreiro might have to lead the line of attack, while Kadam, Chaves and Tlang feature in advanced positions.
Owen Coyle should resort to the same eleven after nearly bagging all three points away to Jamshedpur before Isaac Vanmalsawma scored the equaliser on the 90th minute. Nerijus Valskis with three goals in his last two games should be persisted by to lead the attack. Chhangte, Crivellaro and Thoi could feature in as the creative midfielders, while Saighani and Anirudh Thap chip in central midfield. The good news for Chennai is that they have no such injury concerns.
NorthEast United- Chowdhury; Reagan, Heerings, Komorski, Pradhan, Khawlhring, Leudo; Tlang, Chaves, Kadam; Barreiro
Chennaiyin FC- Kaith; Vasnapaul, Sabia, Goian, Tondonba; Thapa, Saighani; Thoi, Crivellaro, Chhangte; Valskis
Redeem Tlang could pack a punch in case Asamoah Gyan is unavailable due to injury. Tlang has two goals from seven games and five shots on target during the process.
Nerijus Valskis has been a source of positivity for Chennaiyin FC lately. The centre-forward has now scored four goals from seven games for his side.
Martin Chaves can be lethal in attack given his tenacity in the field. Chaves has two assists and 239 successful passes from seven games for NorthEast United.
Rafael Crivallaro has created the most number of chances for Chennaiyin FC and has 343 successful passes from seven games this season.
Goalkeeper- V Kaith
Defenders- E Sabia, L Goian, H Kai, Reagan Singh
Midfielders- R Crivellaro, L Khawlhring, J Leudo
Forwards- N Valskis (C), M Barreiro, R Tlang