Thangboi Singto's men vying for hattrick of wins
Shillong Lajong FC will aim for a hat-trick of wins at home when they take on Chennai City FC in the Hero I-League match at the JN Stadium in Shillong on Tuesday...
At the best of confidence after consecutive wins over Minerva Punjab and Mumbai FC, the Reds will be high on confidence against Chennai City, who travel to the Scotland of East right after their home match against Aizawl FC in which they registered their maiden win of the season.
The hosts are in 5th position on the league table with 6 points from 5 games, with back-to-back wins while on the other hand, Chennai city are in the 9th position, just above the team at the bottom with 4 points in their kitty.
Shillong Lajong, favorites for the match, have looked growing from strength to strength in the last couple of matches. With the home advantage, they will surely try to garner the three points against the southern opponents. However, about injury concerns, Dan Ignat will be a doubtful starter while Zodingliana will miss the game against Chennai for sure.
Opponents Chennai City have travelled a long distance after their match against Pune FC and can be expected to be a little jaded. Robin Raja’s squad have to cope with the tough weather here in Northeast and changes in terrain.
HEAD TO HEAD
Both these teams will be facing each other for the first time as Chennai City is making its debut in the I-League.
MAN TO WATCH
Shillong Lajong FC:
Brazilian forward Fabio Pena will be a huge threat during the set pieces and his hold up play will allow the mid fielders to make runs inside the box. He is of paramount importance to the side’s attacking front, and Lajong will be hoping that he can showcase a similar form like last season, albeit more consistently this time.
Charles de Souza-
Charles de Souza looked the more industrious Brazilian as he looked keen to create moments with little creative support from the midfield. Should the wingers and the forwards be on the same wavelength, Charles may become lethal on a given day.
PROBABLE LINE UPs
Shillong Lajong FC:
Shillong Lajong FC: Kaith (GK), N. Tamang, C.Konsham, Dewry, Pena, Dicka, Chhakchhuak, S. Pritam Singh, Kinowaki, Bipon Singh, Chavez.
Chennai City: Karanjit, Abhishek, Echezona, Amiri, Debabrata, Mundampara, Ganesh, Karuthadathkuni, Edwin, Charles, Raegan
The match will be telecast live on Ten2 from 3 PM IST on 31/01/2017.
Published: Mon Jan 30, 2017 07:41 PM IST