Match 36 Preview: Can Bengaluru FC cause an upset against high-flying Jamshedpur FC?

Jamshedpur FC are up against Bengaluru FC in match 36 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

Owen Coyle’s side have lost just once this season and are joint second in the points table. Bengaluru FC are winless since their first match of the season.

Form Guide

Jamshedpur FC

The Men of Steel sit second in the league table with 11 points. Owen Coyle’s men have collected six points out of a possible nine in their last three games, and will need to put up a consistent performance if they have to retain their spot in the top four.

Bengaluru FC

Uncertainty looms at Bengaluru FC as they sit tenth in the league table with just five points. After winning their opening game, the Blues haven’t registered a single win in their following six games, losing four times and drawing twice.

Head-To-Head

The two sides have shared the pitch eight times, with Jamshedpur FC on the winning side four times while Bengaluru winning it just twice, with the remainder of fixtures ending in draws.

Team News

In the Jamshedpur FC camp, Mobashir Rahman has started training with the squad but the Bengaluru FC game will be too soon for him to start, and Alex Lima and Jitendra Singh have a few knocks and their availability in the lineup cannot be determined yet.

Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, will be without Leon Augustine and Yrondu Musavu-King due to their respective injuries while Roshan Naorem stands suspended as he picked up his fourth yellow card of the season in the previous game.

Key Stats

Jamshedpur FC’s explosive attack

The Men of Steel have scored a goal or more in every single match of the season. In four of their six matches this season, they have scored 2 goals or more. They have attempted 14.33 shots/match, most by any team this season. They also create more chances than any other team. The league average for chances created/match is 8.21 and they have created 9.5 chances/match in their 6 matches so far.

Prince Ibarra - Bengaluru FC’s Crown

Ibarra replaces Chhetri who is having an underwhelming season so far. Prince Ibara is more involved than Sunil Chhetri during matches. He is attempting more shots, creating more chances and having more touches of the ball than Chhetri. Based on his performances on the pitch this season, it is possible the manager sticks with Ibarra and rewards him with a second consecutive start.

Key Players

Jamshedpur FC

Greg Stewart: The 31-year-old has been in red hot form, netting four goals and providing four assists, the most goal contributions by any player in the league so far. A complete forward, Stewart netted the first hat-trick of the Hero ISL 2021-22 season in the last game alongside being the first player to score a hat-trick for Jamshedpur FC.

Ricky Lallawmawma: In the defensive chain, Lallawmawma has pressurised opponents with 22 tackles, 14 clearances and 8 important interceptions. He will remain pivotal to avert danger in Alexandre Lima's absence as he stands with second-most tackles for Jamshedpur FC this season, behind Lima's 24.

Bengaluru FC

Alan Costa: The defender has been brilliant for his side, making 21 clearances, nine interceptions, and eight blocks in seven matches. With a goal and an assist to his name, the 31-year-old also has the most touches (421) out of any Bengaluru FC player.

Cleiton Silva: The forward has been racking up goals for the Blues, netting four times and providing two assists in seven games. Quick on his feet, the Brazilian has taken the second most shots in the league (20).

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: Jamshedpur FC vs Benglauru FC

Date: 20th December 2021

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV. 

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