Second-placed Chennaiyin FC will take on 10th-ranked ATK in their fourth-round at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium tonight.
Chennaiyin FC have haven’t conceded a goal in their last two and a half games and coach John Gregory in expected to not make any major changes in their unit. Rafael Augusto will continue to play the number 10 role behind striker Jeje Lalpekhua. Their combination will be crucial for Chennai’s performance. Tamil Nadu-born midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh is likely to continue to play in the role of a holding midfielder. With Seasoned campaigners Henrique Sereno and Mailson Alves in the defence, the team looks strong centrally and exposed on the wings.
Germanpreet Singh and Adrian Colunga missed earlier matches due to respective injuries. However, the duo are match-fit for the upcoming game. The former was a part of the starting lineup that defeated Pune FC City.
With two draws from three games, ATK are languishing at the bottom of the standings currently. They are going into this game after drawing against Jamshedpur. The Kolkata side has scored just one goal, that too from a free-kick. Bipin Singh, Conor Thomas and Zequinha will form the main engine room for the team’s attack against Chennai. Rupert Nongrum could replace Eugeneson Lyngdoh.
Marquee signing Robbie Keane, who is reported to have recovered from his left knee injury, is unlikely to make his ISL debut tonight, according to coach Teddy Sheringham’s statement. Ashutosh Mehta, who was seen on the bench in ATK’s last game, is most likely to be a part of the squad again.
Star midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh could miss the entire season due to the knee injury that he picked up during the match against Jamshedpur FC. The other names on the injury list are Carl Baker, Jayesh Rane, Anwar Ali and Shankar Sampingiraj.
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