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Chennaiyin FC

v

Kerala Blasters FC

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai

Kick off – 1900 IST

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Chennaiyin FC Ai??kick off their first home match in the Indian Super League at theAi??Jawaharlal NehruAi??Stadium as they welcome the side from Kerala.Ai??Tipped as the ‘South Indian’ Derby- the match alreadyAi??is arted high in the vital meter. The side from the state of Tamil Nadu clinched a surprise win in their previous encounter against FC Goa at Fatorda. Their opponents, Kerala BlastersAi??surprisingly lost their first game after sharing lions share of stats.Ai??TheAi??Sachin Tendulkar owned franchiseAi??is in dire need of some points from this game as the team fromAi??Kerala is lodged at the bottom of the table.

Team News and Tactical Brief:

Chennaiyin FC:

MS Dhoni/Abhishek BachchanAi??co-owned franchise willAi?? hope to entertain large crowds in Chennai for their first match as the team gears up amidst brouhaha around foriegn players and their contracts. Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba DjembaAi??andAi?? Jean-Eudes Maurice- former Paris-Saint Germain forward. Both Pierre Tillman and Spanish striker Eduardo Silva LermaAi??deboarded the Chennai bandwagon after some contractual issues.

One of the youngest team in the league will once again be looking at Bracigliano to take up the custodian role. Marquee playerAi??Silvestre will once agian be lodged in theAi??centreAi??back Ai??position alongwith compatriot Bernard Mendy in a three man backline. Former India international Gouramangi Singh, who had a robust game in Goa is also expected to partner the french pair at the back. Elano- who scored a sumptuous free kick which eventually turned out to be the winner- once again will look to orchestrate the midfield. Abhishek Das could be treading the right flank withAi??former Prayag United player Dhana taking the left flank. Denson DevadasAi??will take the central roleAi??in the middle with Balwant Singh and Bruno Pelissari upfront. It is still to be seen whether Coach Marco Materazzi fields himselfAi??in the defence in front of the home crowd.

Expected Starting Line-up: Bracigliano (GK); Mendy, Silvestere, Gouramangi Singh; Elano, A.Das, Dordic, Ai??Dhana, Devadas, Balwant Singh, Bruno.

Chennaiyin FC Starting XI vs Kerala Blasters Starting XI

Chennaiyin FC Starting XI vs Kerala Blasters Starting XI

Kerala Blasters FC:

David James’ side clearly would not be happy with their current standing in the league table. The former England international made some outstanding saves to deny the North East United attack last time and will be expected to start under the bar once again. Kerala leaked in a cheap goal in their previous encounter and now when the team has had enough time to learn from it’s mistakes – defence is expeted to tighten up. Andrew Barisic- one of the tallest defenders in the league is expected to partner Nirmal Chettri at the back. Avinabo Bag has earned his place on the left flank with French Hengbart taking the right fullback role.

Nigerian Penn Orji will be once again be slotted in the middle to do the dirty work and put in a hardworking shift. Indian international Mehtab Hossain- also known as double cylinder among East Bengal faithful is expected to start his second consecutive game.Ai??Ai??JamesAi??is once again expected to go in with a 4-4-2 Ai??formation with Pearson fizzing in crosses from the right flank to find CS Sabeeth and Hume who are are once again expected to make the team sheet.

Expected Starting Line-up: James(GK); Hengbart, Chettri, Bag; Gurwinder Singh, Mehtab, Orji, CS Sabeeth,Ai??Ai??Humi.

Predictions:

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Elano and Balwant Singh could turn the match in the favor of Ai??Marco Materazzi’s team as they look to entertain a huge crowd at Chennai’s JLN stadia. Chennai- just like Delhi has been eagerly awaiting some top notch football action- and the crowd could play an essential role in this South Indian derby.

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