Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
30th November 2014, 19:00 IST
The group stages of the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League have reached the 12th round and the ISL is now a kind of Russian roulette where the 4 survivors will reach the semi finals. Kerala Blasters are currently placed in the 4th position of the table with 15 points from 11 matches and Chennaiyin FC are sitting at the top of the points table with 19 points from 11 matches and these two teams will lock horns in an enthralling 12th round battle at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Team News And Tactical Brief
Kerala Blasters FC
David James, the chief coach as well as the marquee player of Kerala Blasters will employ a 4-1-2-1-2 formation. James will start as the last defender for Kerala Blasters in front of goal. Nirmal Chetri is likely to start as right back. The duo of Sandesh Jhingan and Cédric Hengbart are likely to start in central defense. Soumik Dey is the favourite to start as left back. Mehtab Hussain is likely to be employed as the defensive screen. Stephen Pearson is likely to start on the right flank with Ishfaq Ahmed on the left. Skipper Penn Orji will start as the central attacking midfielder just behind the two strikers. The Canadian international striker, Ian Hume and the Brazillian, Pedro Gusmao are likely to start as the two strikers. CS Sabeeth, Milagres Gonsalves, Andrew Barisic and Michael Chopra are good options as super-subs for David James and Trevor Morgan.
Probable Starting XI (4-1-2-1-2): David James, Nirmal Chetri, Sandesh Jhingan, Cedric Hengbert, Soumik Dey, Mehtab Hussain, Ishfaq Ahmed, Stephen Pearcon, Penn Orji, Ian Hume, Pedro Gusmao.
Marco Materazzi will look to employ an attacking 4-3-3 formation. Shilton Paul is likely to start with the gloves on. The back four is likely to include Harmanjot Khabra as right back, Gourmangi Singh and Mikel Silvestre in central defense and Bernard Mendi as left back. The 3 man midfield is likely to be composed of Denson Devadasan, skipper Bojan Djordjic and Djemba Djemba. The probable forward line is likely to feature the likes of Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua and the Haitian international, Jean Maurice. Marco Materazzi’s side has been hit very badly by the injuries to their marquee player Elano Blumer and Coumbian star striker, Stiven Mendoza and will depend on the likes of Maurice, Balwant and Jeje to get them goals. The likes of Bruno Pelissari, Anthony Barbosa, Jayesh Rane and Christian Hidalgo are good substitute options for Marco Materazzi.
Probable Sarting XI (4-3-3): Shilton Paul, Harmanjot Khabra, Mikel Silvestre, Gourmangi Singh, Bernard Mendi, Denson Devadasan, Djemba Djemba, Bojan Djordjic, Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jean Maurice.
Kerala Blasters FC 2 – 0 Chennaiyin FC
Both Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC are coming into this match on the back of big defeats. Blasters lost 0-3 against FC Goa, while Chennaiyin FC lost 0-3 to North East United. Thus both teams will look to get back momentum by winning this match. Kerala will enjoy home support and they are unbeaten at their home ground so far. Kerala’s two strikers Ian Hume and Pedro Gusmao are also in very good form. On the other hand the team at the top of the table, Chennaiyin FC are missing the instrumental presence of the likes of Elano and Mendoza. The duo of Elano and Mendoza were their main goal scorers and their injuries have dealt a body blow to the goal scoring options for Chennaiyin FC.