Atletico De Kolkata
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
4th November 2014, 19:00IST
Chennaiyin FC plays host to the visitors from Kolkata in a quest for the top spot in the ISL table. Atletico De Kolkata have added 11 points to their kitty from the 5 matches they have played while Chennai have notched up 9 points from their 4 ISL encounters, thus the winner of this match will claim the top spot in the league table. Atletico has been very consistent so far with their performances and are the only unbeaten team in the ISL. Chennaiyin is also high on confidence after their 5-1 win over Nicolas Anelka’s Mumbai City. So, this encounter has the potential to become one of the best matches of the ISL.
Team News and Tactical Brief:
Marco Materazzi’s side’s most marquee player, Elano Blumer has been in superb form so far. He is currently the top scorer of the ISL with 5 goals and some of the goals which he has scored have been absolutely World class. Apart from scoring, the midfield maestro from Brazil has also successfully played the role of a play maker and has provided some brilliant assists. Apart from Elano, Chennaiyin’s forwards have also been among goals. Jeje, Balwant and Stiven Mendoza have all scored in the tournament. Unlike the forward line, the defence has been a cause of concern for the Chennai side as they have conceded 7 goals in the 4 games they have played so far. But with the on field debut of player-manager, Marco Materazzi, things looked to have improved in the last match against Mumbai. Apart from Materazzi, Chennai’s defence also includes other big names like Mikel Silvestre and Bernard Mendy.
Probable Starting XI (4-3-3): Shilton Paul, Marco Materazzi, Jairo Suarez, Mikel Silvestre, Bernard Mendy, Denson Devadas, Elano Blumer, Harmanjot Khabra, Jeje lalpekhlua, Stiven Mendoza, Balwant Singh.
Atletico De Kolkata
Atletico De Kolkata will continue to miss their Ethiopian star striker, Fikru Teferra, who is serving a two match suspension for disciplinary reasons. Atletico’s list of non-availabilities is not limited to just Fikru. Atletico will also miss the services Denzil Franco at the right back position. And above all they will miss the presence of their head coach, Antonio Habas on their dugouts. Habas is currently serving a 4 match ban for disciplinary reasons. The good news for Atletico is that their marquee player, Luis Garcia has recovered from his injury and is likely to start against Chennaiyin. In the absence of Fikru, ADK will desperately need the class of the former Liverpool player, to unlock the star studded Chennaiyin defense. ADK’s biggest asset is the good form of defensive midfielders, Borja Fernandes and Ofentse Nato. Nato and Borja have not only soaked up the pressure on ADK’s back 4, they have also assisted in scoring and even scored themselves. The result of the battle between Elano of Chennaiyin and Nato and Borja will decide the outcome of the match.
Probable Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Subhasish Roychoudhuri, Kingshuk Debnath, Arnab Mondal, Josemi, Biswajit Saha, Borja Fernandes, Ofentse Nato , Sanju Pradhan, Luis Garcia, Baljit Sahni, Arnal Libert.
Chennaiyin FC 2-1 Atletico De Kolkata
Chennaiyin won their last match 5-1, whereas ATK only managed a 1-1 home draw in their last encounter. Thus momentum will be on Chennaiyin’s side. The absence of Fikru, Denzil and coach Habas is likely to have an adverse effect on ATK. Chennaiyin will also enjoy the home support. Hence, Chennaiyin FC looks to have a slight edge over Atletico De Kolkata