Chennai, who reached the final last year, will face the man who inspired them after he took office midway through the season last year. Owen Coyle is now the head coach of Jamshedpur FC and will seek to revive the fortunes of his new club.
In his three years at ISL, Jamshedpur FC did not participate in the qualifiers once, and last year it had his worst league result. In a season badly hit by injuries to key players, Jamshedpur finished eighth in the ISL League stages.
On the other hand, he replaced the Chennai Cowell with Hungarian Chapa Laszlo and embarked on a rebuilding of sorts, with five new foreigners in the squad this season.
Date: 24th November 2020
Competition: Indian Super League
Match Venue: Tilak Maidan, Goa
Match Timing: @07:30 PM IST
Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Head-to-Head
Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC have met six times in ISL. Jamshedpur FC defeated Chennai only once, while the ISL Champion twice won two matches, and three more games ended in a draw.
Last season, Owen Cowell made his debut as a coach for the Chennai team in an away match at Jamshedpur, which ended in a 1-1 draw. At Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai came out with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Team News
Cowell has brought his superstar Nerigus Valskis from Chennai to Jamshedpur FC, and the Lithuanian is expected to start this match at the top. Jackichand Singh is also a great addition to Jamshedpur FC after two great seasons with FC Goa.
Captain Peter Hartley and Stephen Eyes will seek to forge a strong partnership at the heart of the defense. In addition to Valskis, Cowell also has an ex-Chennai Rintley player in his ranks and is expected to take on the role of right-back.
Much will also be expected from Amarjeet Singh Kim, who was suspended last season due to injuries.
As for Chennai FC, Laszlo has already said that what they have been doing last year is unlikely to change much. Anirud Thapa and Edwin Sydney Fansball are expected to continue in midfield, with new signing Reagan Singh to replace Ridley on right-back.
Jacob Sylvester will be filling the hole in the shape of a falcis at the side of Chennai, who hopes to get enough service from players such as Rafael Crivilaro and Lalianzwala Changi.
Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI
Jamshedpur FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
TP Rehenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Aitor Monroy, Amarjit Singh Kiyam; Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Alex Lima; Nerijus Valskis
Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa; Esmael Goncalves, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Jakub Sylvestr
Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Prediction
On paper, these are two evenly-matched teams, with some outstanding ability in their squads. We are sitting on the fence and predicting a draw in this game.
Prediction: Jamshedpur FC 1-1 Chennaiyin FC