Chennaiyin FC will be taking on Jamshedpur FC in the 2021/2022 season of the Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday, the 20th of February.
With their sights set firmly on the Indian Super League title and keeping their neighbours on their toes, Jamshedpur FC will have no shortage of confidence when they face Chennaiyin FC. They will be focused on getting the job done on their travels, though home advantage can always have an impact.
Having collected 28 points from 15 games, Jamshedpur sits in third place in the league standings, one point behind leaders Hyderabad FC and second-placed ATK Mohun Bagan, both of whom are in action on Saturday. Hyderabad has one extra game under their belt, but ATKMB and Jamshedpur are tied to the number of games they’ve played.
With victories in their past two games, the Owen Coyle-coached team will be looking to make it three wins in a row against a Chennaiyin side that has failed to win a game in their last five outings.
Chennaiyin played their first game under interim manager Sabir Pasha in their most recent match, eking out a 2-2 draw against Odisha FC, therefore ending their chances of qualifying for the semifinals.
Jamshedpur is on the verge of reaching the semifinals of the Indian Super League for the first time in their history. The Red Miners are in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs after winning five of their previous six games, and they will be looking to further establish their supremacy with a victory over Chennaiyin.
Stewart has rediscovered his goal-scoring form, netting a brace in the previous two games to put his team in advantage. Daniel Chima Chukwu also contributed an assist, bringing his total to three goals in three games since joining the team, and the combination has been in an excellent form together. With the addition of Ritwik Das and Peter Hartley to the defence, the squad is shaping up to be one of the top competitors in the league this season, says Coyle. The last time these two teams played, Chennaiyin came out on top 1-0.
The Tilak Maidan Stadium has not been a joyful hunting ground for the two-time Hero Indian Super League winners, with the team winning just two of their 11 games there. However, one of the victories came against Jamshedpur FC during the previous season.
Jamshedpur FC has scored a total of 17 goals from set-pieces this season, which is a joint-highest total in the league. Set-pieces have been the source of all six of their recent goals. Their free-kick goals totaled eight in the Hero ISL 2021-22, which is the most in the league’s history.
CFC vs JFC, ISL 2021/22
Date: 20th February 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Tilak Maidan
Chennaiyin FC: L-D-L-L-D
Jamshedpur FC: W-W-L-W-W
Chennaiyin FC has gone winless in their previous five games, and their poor record has all but eliminated them from contention for a spot in the semi-finals. Over the course of these five games, they have conceded 13 goals and scored just four goals in response.
Owen Coyle’s men are in fine form, having won four of their past five games and scoring nine goals in the process. They come into this game on a four-game winning streak. They have only let up four goals on the opposite end of the field.
Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC have met nine times in the Indian Super League’s history, with the Marina Machans holding a 4-2 advantage in head-to-head records. There have been two victories for the Men of Steel, while the other three games have all resulted in a tie.
Although they have only won one of their past six meetings against Chennaiyin FC, Jamshedpur FC has had a successful recent run. They were also defeated the previous time these two clubs met, earlier in the season as well.
In the absence of Sajid Dhot, Chennaiyin FC are still without a center-back. Dhot has a hamstring injury. The interim coach, Sabir Pasha, will, on the other hand, have a fully fit team available for this contest. For Jamshedpur FC, Komal Thatal has not yet been cleared to participate in a game, while Farukh Choudhary had been declared out long before the season began.
Chennaiyin FC: Debjit Majumder (GK); Deepak Devrani, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das; Ninthoi Meetei, Ariel Borysiuk, Anirudh Thapa (C), Vladimir Koman, Edwin Vanspaul; Rahim Ali, Nerijus Valskis.
Jamshedpur FC: TP Rehenesh (GK); Laldinliana Renthlei, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley (C), Ricky Lallawmawma; Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Pronay Halder, Ritwik Das; Greg Stewart, Daniel Chima.
Chennaiyin has come into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw against Odisha in their most recent outing. This is something that would have not gone down with them, with their season being less than convincing. As a result, they have gone winless in their previous five games and have just one victory in their last eight games. As a result of their recent poor results, they have fallen to the bottom part of the 11-team standings.
They will now face a Jamshedpur team that has been extremely successful this season under the guidance of Owen Coyle as they surge towards the top of the league. Jamshedpur is the slight favourites going into this game, according to their recent record.
Scored Prediction: CFC 1-1 JFC