NorthEast United FC
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
8th November 2014, 19:00IST
Chennayin FC will host North East, United at Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai. Chennayin FC is a bit on the role and are occupying 2nd spot in the league behind Athletic de Kolkata with 2 games in the hands. North East United will be in their third consecutive away game. The club has played excellent football but haven’t tasted a victory in their last outing. Both the teams will look to get the three points and solidify their place in the top half.
Team News and Tactical Brief
Marco Matterazi has led the team very nicely so far in the league. The Italian manager cum player shrewd tactics have helped the team earn some crucial points. The Italian have done excellently led less fancied Chennayin side. Brazilian midfield maestro Elano Blumar will continue to be the focal point of the attacks. The midfielder had an excellent tournament scoring 6 goals in the league so far. He has been an important figure in the setup of Chennaying FC. Bernard Mendy will continue to be a threat for rivals. He is a brilliant utility player for the franchise, the defender has proved his attacking ability with some threatening runs in the opposition half. Chennayin FC strength is their ability to use set peace effectively. The club is a little vulnerable at the back and North East might exploit their weakness.
Probable Starting XI (5-3-2): Bracigliano, Abhishek, Gauramangi, Mendy, Silvester, Dhana, Khabra, Elano, Denson, Stevan Mendoza, Marice
North East United FC
North East United FC started the league as the underdogs but the way they have performed have stolen the hearts of the fans. Rickey Herbert led side have been amazing to watch with slick movements and attacking brand of football. Spanish attacking midfielder Koke has been standing out performer for the club. The Spaniard absence in last few matches was felt for the club. His return would boost the midfield against Chennayin FC. Young goalkeeper Rehenesh TP have been excellent under the bar for the club. He has filled the big shoes of the Greek world cupper Alex Tzorvas effectively. Young Brazilian midfielder Batata have played well for the club, he will look to continue his performance. Korean winger Do Dong-Hyun impressed everyone with his pace and control. He will have a key role to play against the slow Chennayin FC defence. He will look to draw out the Chenayin FC defenders out of their position
Probale Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Rehenesh, Aibor, Garcia, Capdevilla, Robin, Do Dong, Batata, Adinga, Kondwani, Koke, Boro.
Chennayin FC 1 – 0 North East United FC
Both the teams had a good tournament and are in a race to secure playoff spots. The Chennayin FC looked more lively in attacking half and may able to pull this out. A win for Chenayin FC will put them top of the table.