Jamshedpur, Nov. 30: Men of Steel will be looking to score a hat-trick of wins at home when they face North East United FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Saturday.
Jamshedpur FC has comprehensively won its last two matches here beating FC Goa 4-1 and Chennaiyin FC 3-1.
Jamshedpur has not lost at home this season, winning two and drawing two of their four matches so far.
The team will also aim to extend its winning run and consolidate its position in the top four of the points table.
The Tata Steel owned franchisee is still unbeaten in its own backyard and NorthEast is yet to taste defeat in away matches. However, a win for either team on Saturday will give each a huge boost in the race for a playoff spot.
Jamshedpur has been a hard side to beat this season, losing just one of its nine outings so far. However, the team also has five draws to its name, in spite of having the better of exchanges in drawn encounters. Opportunities to score have gone abegging in these high voltage encounters. But the boys are now picking up with every match and they have the wins to indicate this assertion.
It will be an interesting game and JFC will have to go out with all guns blazing against high-flying NorthEast United. Jamshedpur FC, placed fourth on the table, has the second-best attack with 18 goals this season. Only Bengaluru FC has let in fewer goals than NorthEast United so far this season.
Foreign players have been in fine fettle for both Jamshedpur FC and NorthEast United. While the likes of Bartholomew Ogbeche, Juan Mascia and Federico Gallego have been instrumental for the away side while the home team has been spurred on by the likes of Memo, Mario Arques and Carlos Calvo.
Both teams will miss the services of at least one foreign player as Sergio Cidoncha (JFC) and Augustine Okrah (NEUFC) are nursing injuries.
All eyes will once again be on Michael Soosairaj who has taken the league by storm with his brilliant displays on the left wing. He has not just scored goals but has also creatively contributed to a lethal Jamshedpur attack.
Jamshedpur FC defender Raju Gaikwad is doubtful for the fixture owing to a hamstring injury while another defender Yumnam Raju is yet to recover fully from the toe injury.
Earlier this month, Jamshedpur was dealt a huge blow after Sergio Cidoncha had to return home to Spain due to an injury. Cidoncha was a vital piece of coach Ferrando’s plans in the first seven matches.
NorthEast United FC has won just twice in the month of December over the previous four seasons that they have played in ISL. But with five wins out of eight so far, Schattorie’s side is going great guns. If they can start December in the right manner, there will be little that can stop them this season especially helped by the presence of Bartholomew Ogbeche.
A win on Saturday would further consolidate NorthEast’s position in the top four and boost their chances of qualification for the play-offs. That will be the aim of Cesar Ferrando as well as he eyes a third consecutive victory at home.