Chennaiyin FC have played 11 matches till now. They have won 3 matches, drew 5 times and lost 3 matches. The former ISL champion are sitting in the 6th position with 11 points on the table.
In other hand SC East Bengal have played 11 matches. They won twice, drew 5 times and lost 4 times. They are sitting at the 9th position in ISL table.
Chennaiyin FC VS SC EAST BENGAL PREVIEW:
Chennaiyin FC recently lost their skipper and playmaker Rafael Crivellaro to a long term knee injury. Since his injury, the Marina Machans have lost one, drew one and won their last game against Odisha FC.
Though Esmael Goncalves’s return from injury is a relief to the team. He scored twice to claim the victory in the last encounter against Odisha FC. Chennaiyin FC boss Csabo Laszlo asked his team to be more compact and add more discipline to their defense. He said on the clash,
“I think we have to be more compact. We talk about the chances that we don’t convert. But against Odisha, we scored two. I must be honest that the opponent also had some good opportunities. We need a little more attention in midfield and defence. If we stay compact, I think we have enough quality to win the game against East Bengal,”
SC East Bengal didn’t have a good start of the debut season. But time by time they are improving. Red and Gold brigade are unbeaten in their last six matches. Their recent signing Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare is already having great impact in the games. Despite the poor start of the debut season SC East Bengal coach Robie Fowler seems optimistic about their rest of the season and believes in his team. He stated,
“There are plenty of positives we can gather. There are a lot of points to play for and we’ll continue to try and get those points. So until it’s mathematically impossible, we will go on believing that we can do it.”
“Morale is absolutely fantastic. We are taking baby steps to get to where we believe we should and want to be. We got to keep going and keep doing what we got to do. Let’s not lose games and that’s what we are trying to do,”
Chennaiyin FC: W D L D D
SC East Bengal: D W D W D
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Chennaiyin FC: Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Meme Moura, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev, Rahim Ali, Anirudh Thapa, Esmael Goncalves.
SC East Bengal: Debjit Majumder (GK), Narayan Das, Danny Fox (C), Scott Neville, Rana Gharami, Narayan Das, Ankit Mukherjee, Matti Steinman, Jacques Maghoma, Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare.
Chennaiyin FC 1-1 SC East Bengal
According to the teams recent form of the teams it seems the game will end as draw with both the teams scoring and conceding one.