Match 47 Preview: Battle for semi-final spots heats up as Jamshedpur FC face Chennaiyin FC
Jamshedpur FC will be squaring off against Chennaiyin FC in the 47th match of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 on Sunday at the Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa.
Chennaiyin FC faced defeat in their last match against Bengaluru FC and will be looking to pick up some form to remain in the race for a top-four spot.
Jamshedpur FC on the other hand played out a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters FC in their last encounter but have been in scintillanting form otherwise and will certainly challenge Chennaiyin FC.
Jamshedpur FC had a fine run so far in the Hero ISL 2021-22 season. They have managed to win three out of their eight games while drawing four and losing just once. They are unbeaten in the last three games with the most recent one being a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters FC.
Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, haven’t been at their best this season. They have three wins and as many losses in eight games and are have struggled for form in recent matches. They have now lost two matches in a row with the recent one coming against Bengaluru FC that placed them in the sixth spot in the points table.
Jamshedpur FC: Mobashir Rahman is back in training and could feature for few minutes against Chennaiyin FC. Pronay Halder and Seiminlen Doungel have resumed light training after their injuries but a decision on their involvement will be taken closer to the match.
Chennaiyin FC: New signing Nerijus Valskis will have to undergos one-day quarantine and will miss the match against his former team but coach Bandovic confirmed that he has no injury concerns.
Midfielder Ariel Borysiuk will be out of the match against Jamshedpur FC with a groin muscle injury, the extent of which will be known in coming days
Head to Head
Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC have been up against each other on eight occasions in Hero ISL with Chennaiyin FC having a slight edge winning three games to Jamshedpur’s two victories. They last met in February 2021 when Jamshedpur FC came out on top with a 1-0 victory.
Chennaiyin FC's goalscoring woes
Chennaiyin FC’s goal-scoring struggles have been continued as they have scored just 8 goals in their 8 Hero ISL games. In a season full of goals, they are the only side yet to hit double-digit figures for goals and they are scoring at the rate of less than a goal per game.
Jamshedpur FC the set pieces specialist
Jamshedpur FC has scored 9 goals from their set-pieces, which is the highest among all teams in the tournament.
Greg Stewart: Stewart scored the first hat-trick of the season that came against Odisha FC. He has five goals and four assists to his name.
Ricky Lallawmawma : The defender has appeared in eight games and made 18 clearances, 25 tackles, 10 blocks, and twelve interceptions for the Red Miners and will be key in defence.
Mirlan Murzaev: The Marina Machans midfielder would like to continue his form against Jamshedpur FC after delivering a goal and assist in his last match. He has scored and assisted two-goal each so far.
Regan Singh: The 30-year-old defender has been rock solid for Chennaiyin FC this season, he made 30 clearance, 27 tackles, 13 blocks, and sixteen interceptions.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FC
Date: 2nd January 2022
Venue: GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports 3
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.