ISL 2023-24: What to look forward to in Matchweek 4
As the ISL season steps into matchweek 4, let's take a closer look at the key storylines to keep an eye on.
The 2023-24 Indian Super League (ISL) season is making a comeback after the international break this Saturday, marking the beginning of its fourth matchweek. In one of the most anticipated fixtures, East Bengal FC will go head-to-head with FC Goa.
Later on the same day, Kerala Blasters FC will bring even more excitement to the pitch as they face NorthEast United FC. On Sunday, football fans can look forward to a thrilling encounter between former ISL champions, Jamshedpur, and the newcomers, Punjab FC. To wrap up matchweek 4, Hyderabad FC will play host to their neighbours, Chennaiyin FC, on Monday.
After an action-packed matchweek 3, only Mohun Bagan Super Giant and FC Goa have maintained a perfect start to the season, securing all possible points from their fixtures so far. As the ISL season steps into matchweek 4, let's take a closer look at the key storylines to keep an eye on:
Cleiton Silva vs. Sandesh Jhingan - Can the "Wall of India" thwart the Brazilian maestro?
Silva has already scored two goals in the opening three matches, including a brilliant free-kick in the dying minutes of the match against Hyderabad FC, which handed his team their only win so far. On the other hand, a veteran like Jhingan is always a tough nut to crack. With his experience and well-timed tackles, along with his physical advantage over Silva, the Punjabi defender is surely going to give Silva a hard time. Having played every possible minute for his team in the ISL this season, Jhingan has helped his team achieve a perfect start to the season.
The outcome of the match between East Bengal FC and FC Goa may very well depend on who comes out on top between these two highly impactful players.
An attempt to breach the fortress
In the much-awaited fixture between Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FC, will the Highlanders succeed in breaching the fortress of the Tuskers, or will they once again succumb to the curse that has prevented them from securing even a single victory in Kochi in their last nine face-offs? With 5 wins and 4 draws against NorthEast United, KBFC will be eager to maintain their streak.
Jamshedpur FC to leverage their jam-packed crowd
Jamshedpur FC secured their first win of the season at their home ground against Hyderabad FC and is eager to capitalize on their home support as they host Punjab FC on Sunday.
Jamshedpur filled the stadium with passionate fans when they hosted Hyderabad FC, securing their only win of the season thus far. With Punjab FC yet to secure a victory in the tournament, fans are expected to create another electrifying atmosphere, demonstrating their impressive combination of passion, loyalty, and love for the team.
Clash of Australian Titans
Chennaiyin FC forward Jordan Murray, with his experience in the ISL, gained during his time with Kerala Blasters FC and Jamshedpur FC, will certainly seek to gain an edge over his compatriot Joseph Knowles, who is in his debut season in India. Knowles currently leads the competition with his assist for Hyderabad FC's only goal so far, but Murray will undoubtedly aim to showcase his skills, reminiscent of his time at Jamshedpur FC, where he scored four goals, and at Kerala Blasters FC, where he had his best season, tallying seven goals and one assist.