Southern Derby Is Up For The Weekend

Southern Derby Is Up For The Weekend

 FInally the southern Derby match up takes place in the marina arena vs the gods own country(manja padai) .

The  ISL champions are fresh from a first home defeat on Bengaluru FC and will be in a confident mood playing in front of their home support. Meanwhile, two-time finalists Kerala secured their first win of the season against North East United FC in their previous fixture. A crucial away win in an intense fixture should boost their hopes of finishing in the top four.


Chennaiyin FC 4 – 2 Kerala Blasters FC (2 draws)


Courage Pekuson (Kerala Blasters FC)

The Ghanaian has been one of the most swift players in the league. With immense pace and a lot of strength, Pekuson has given opposing defenders a tough time with his skills. His runs have pierced opposition defences on numerous occasions and he is capable  creating space for himself as well.  passer of the ball, Pekuson will have a most important  role to play against a balanced side  like Chennai .

Raphael Augusto (Chennaiyin FC)

The midfielder has been the best Chennaiyin player  this season. He has played well from the midfield sometimes forward too, splitting open opposition defence with his vision passes and tackles. The Brazilian has also scored a couple of goals and has defensive attributes that sees him break down plenty of attack from the rivals.

Chennaiyin FC

John Gregory may go for a flexible 4-2-3-1 formation that would help the attack with support from the midfield and the wings.

Chennaiyin head coach on his team’s performance so far: “I am delighted with the way we have gone about our season. I am delighted with the way my players have worked extremely hard both on the training ground and in the matches. We are just looking forward to Kerala.”

Forward: Jeje Lalpekhlua

Midfielders: Dhanpal Ganesh, Bikramjit Singh, Gregory Nelson, Raphael Augusto, Francisco Fernandes

Defenders: Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mailson Alves, Henrique Sereno, Inigo Calderon

Goalkeeper: Karanjit Singh

Kerala Blasters FC

Rene Meulensteen will probably stick to his 4-1-4-1 formation that brought him success in Kerala’s last match.

Blasters gaffer on assimilating his opponents and his team so far: “Chennai is a really good outfit, and the manager has got them playing through their strengths. They have some top players and they are there for a reason. We have sort of stumbled into the season, trying to find our way, so it is going to be a good game for sure.”

Forward: Mark Sifneos

Midfielders: Wes Brown, Courage Pekuson, Siam Hanghal, CK Vineeth, Jackichand Singh

Defenders: Lalruatthara, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Sandesh Jhingan, Rino Anto

Goalkeeper: Paul Rachubka









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