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.
HEAD TO HEAD:
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.
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