Saturday, March 11, 2017 Report by
Pegged Back East Bengal To Face Minnows Chennai City FC.
After a shocking loss at home against Churchill Brothers FC, the former league leaders would look to reinstate their position atop. The advantage is with Kingfisher East Bengal FC as both the adversary clubs Aizwal FC & Mohun Bagan AC drew their respective matches in I-League. The Red & Gold brigade would have a hard task ahead, as Chennai City FC earlier held defending champions Bengaluru in their backyard.
Trevor James Morgan also has a lot to worry for as his talismanic central attacking midfielder Wedson Anselme would be absent against Chennai City FC due to a groin injury. The British coach said, “we are looking forward to the players like (Bikash Jairu, Dika, Chris Payne etc) who can emulate the role of the talismanic Haitian in the team”. Though the East Bengal gaffer would have something to be happy with as Willis Plaza might start in Chennai would provide the extra teeth that lacked in earlier matches.
The Chennai City FC without a headache of relegation as per AIFF rules would try to upset the Kolkata giants with Brazilian duo of Charles & Tank upfront & young turks like Dhanpal Ganesh & Abhishek Das. The ground conditions are not up to the mark for any team to play passing football, so TJM would rely on long balls & the deadly trio of Robin Singh, Chris Payne & Willis Plaza to cash on it & take the early advantage against the minnows.
Another great news for East Bengal fans as sensational left winger Bikash Jairu would make a comeback & he may be included in the squad. The starting eleven that suffered a defeat against Churchill Brothers at home might see some changes with Anwar Ali & Robin Gurung sure to receive the axe after a dismal performance in their last match. Arnab Mondal & Rahul Bheke is all set to start against the Chennai outfit.
A win against Chennai City FC would see TJM & his boys propel & reinstate their position atop of the points table, but anything less than that might fade away dreams of winning their maiden I-League title.
The match starts tomorrow & will be telecasted live on Ten 2 from 7:15 pm.