With Chennaiyin FC solidifying a spot in the knockout stages thanks to the winner scored by Lucian Goian against Mumbai City recently, they will now lock horns with NorthEast United for their final league game of the season. As for the Highlanders, it has been nothing short of a disappointing season as they will finish 9th in the league regardless of the result on Tuesday. However, NorthEast United will give it their all to conclude their campaign on a high, whereas, Chennai has the opportunity to finish 3rd with 31 points provided they win away from home.
Date- Tuesday, February 25
Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Provat Lakra, Nikhil Kadam and Mislav Komorski are among those who are out due to injury for the hosts, whereas, Federico Gallego is undergoing suspension. Keogh is expected to lead the attack, while Lundevall, Chaves and Ninthoi could play in behind. Milan and Lalengmawia are likely to fit in at central midfield.
Andre Schembri is doubtful to start after picking up a knock. Valskis could be persisted to lead the forward line, while Crivellaro, Chhangte and Firtulescu are likely to be the creators. Lalrinuzuala, Goian, Sabia and Renthlei are in contention of being the back four.
NEUFC (Expected Playing 11)- Pawan; Reagan, Wayne, Leudo, Nongrum; Lalengmawia, Milan; Ninthoi, Chaves, Lundevall; Keogh
CFC (Expected Playing 11)- Kaith; Renthlei, Sabia, Goian, Lalrinzuala; Vanspaul, Thapa; Firtulescu, Crivellaro, Chhangte; Valskis
Andrew Keogh can pack a punch on the attacking front for NorthEast United. Keogh has a goal and has completed 213 passes from seven games this season.
Nerijus Valskis has been the mainstay for Chennaiyin FC on the forward line. Valskis has 13 goals and five assists from 17 appearances for his side.
Martin Chaves has three assists and has completed 643 passes from 16 games for NorthEast United.
Rafael Crivellaro has also been in one of the standouts for Chennaiyin FC. Crivellaro has seven goals and five assists for his side from 17 appearances this season.
Chennaiyin FC are the favourites heading into the game.
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