Chennai City are at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore for the fifth consecutive game as they host Shillong Lajong in an I-League return fixture, on Sunday afternoon.
|Game||Chennai City FC v Shillong Lajong|
|Date||Sunday, February 11|
|Time||2:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the I-League. All the matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 2 and 2 HD.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/2HD||Hotstar/JioTV|
CHENNAI CITY POSSIBLE XI (4-2-3-1): Uros Poljanec (GK); Tarif Akhand, Venyamin Schumeiko, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Kim Dong-Hyeon; Pandian Sinivasan, Asif Kottayil; Antony Beautin, Michael Soosairaj, Aleksander Rakic; Jeam-Micheal Joachim.
Suspended: Edwin Vanspaul
Key Players: Jean-Michel Joachim, Michael Soosairaj
SHILLONG LAJONG POSSIBLEXI (4-2-3-1): Phurba Lachenpa (GK); Kenstar Kharshong, Kynsailang Khongsit, Aibanbha Dohling, Rakesh Pradhan; Novin Gurung, Daniel Odafin; Abdoulaye Koffi, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Alen Deory; Saihou Jagne.
Doubtful: Laurence Doe, Juho Oh
Key Players: Saihou Jagne, Laurence Doe
Chennai City finished the game with 10 men against Mohun Bagan once again with the sending off of Edwin Vanspaul, but only this time didn't end up winning the game like they did (2-1) in Kolkata early this year. V. Soundararajan's only other win was against Churchill Brothers, who were a much weaker side before the January signings, with the Goans visiting Coimbatore next.
Shillong Lajong won't be pushovers either, as they too need a win to avoid their fourth consecutive loss. In fact, the hosts are on a seven-game winless run at the moment, wherein the only positive is the five draws - but again - four of them goalless.
Chennai City have added two new foreigners lately, namely defender Kim Dong-Hyeon and forward Aleksandar Rakic who started against Bagan. Goalkeeper Uros Poljanec was replaced by Kabir Thaufiq in that game and of which turned out to be a blessing as the latter saved Akram Moghrabi's penalty. They would need more such heroics on the other too, at least now that Jean-Michel Joaquim has Rakic for company.
Shillong Lajong have lost five of their last six games and that's a worrying factor for Bobby Nongbet or any other coach in charge. This is going to be the Meghalayan outfit's last away fixture but have only two more games thereon to register a best possible finish this season.
Lajong are currently occupying a mid-table spot with 17 points from 15 matches while Chennai City have a game in hand with 12 points. Having drawn the first leg tie against Chennai City 0-0, a win wouldn't necessarily put the visitors in a better position yet given that they face Aizawl FC and East Bengal next.
Laurence Doe, who scored the equliser at 2-2 before Bali Gagandeep scored the winner for Minerva Punjab on Wednesday, is doubtful to start on Sunday. With Juho Oh also not part of the matchday squad in the last game, Lajong may have to be a bit more cautious while committing men in front. There has no confirmation about a replacement for Aiman Al-Hagri while Saihou Jagne and Abdoulaye Koffi are the club's best bets in attack with Daniel Odafin controlling the midfield alongside skipper Samuel Lalmuanpuia.
Will Chennai City move closer to the mid-table standings or are Lajong going to get closer to the top four?