Tim Cahill back with the squad, Gaurav Mukhi to miss home match
Jamshedpur, Nov 24: Jamshedpur FC would look to get back to winning ways at home when they take on underperforming Chennaiyin FC in Indian Super League clash at JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Sunday.
This will be Jamshedpur FC’s fourth home game as the Tata Steel franchisee played draw against ATK and Kerala Blasters and registered their biggest ISL win against FC Goa in their last encounter at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
With ISL football matches captivating sports lovers, 23,500 tickets for the Jamshedpur FC-Chennaiyin FC match have already been sold as per information till 7 pm on Saturday.
The capacity of the stadium is around 23,700 as compared to 24,774 earlier.
The stadium will be abuzz with activity and jam packed with football fanatics from around the city and state.
Although Jamshedpur are in the top half of the table, the hosts have only a mere two wins from eight matches, which is less than half of the teams placed above them.
Coach Cesar Ferrando will take heart from the fact that they have lost just once, but the fact that they have drawn a league high of five games will give him a few headaches.
Tim Cahill, who played his testimonial game for Australia this week, is back in contention for a start after missing out on the last match. Sergio Cidoncha, who scored three goals this season, is recuperating in Spain after picking a knee injury and Ferrando wants his team to not concern themselves too much about his absence.
The Men of Steel have drawn five out of eight matches and the majority of them were high scoring games. This clearly indicates that their attack force is firing consistently but their backline is their biggest concern.
Jamshedpur have just one injury concern in Sergio Cidoncha who has travelled to Spain to heal a knee injury. Their young striker Gaurav Mukhi received an interim suspension from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in an age-fudging case.
The defence has been a major concern for Cesar Ferrando’s since the beginning of the season. The team is scoring goals but is conceding at crucial junctures to throw away points.
It must be noted that Cesar Ferrando’s failed to register a win in their last two matches since their scintillating win over FC Goa at home.
Since then they have travelled to Delhi where they were held to a 2-2 draw and then lost out to then bottom-placed FC Pune City in Pune.
After a disastrous start to their title defence, Chennaiyin gained momentum in their seventh match of the season by beating FC Pune City 4-2 away from home.
The Marina Machans were under tremendous pressure after losing five out of their first six matches. The team had managed to just score five goals before the Pune game and had conceded nine times.
But a fantastic win against the Stallions saw Chennaiyin gain some badly-needed confidence.
Their star striker Jeje Lalpekhlua is out of form since the beginning of the season along with some other key players in their squad. The India international need forward to find his scoring boots as soon as possible in order to keep the reigning champions in contention for a play-off spot.