Super Cup Round of 16: Chennaiyin FC VS Aizawl FC Match Preview
This is the first time in Indian football history that the domestic football season is getting stretched for almost six months. The qualification round of Super Cup had ended in the middle of March, the Main tournament i.e Round of to get started from tonight. It is the Knockout format tournament which replaces the Federation Cup. The top 6 teams from both the leagues have qualified as direct entrants into the main tournament while the bottom four teams from both the leagues played in the qualifier for the remaining four spots.
Let us see the details of first Pre-quarter final match of Super Cup between Chennaiyin FC and Aizawl FC.
The 2017-18 ISL Champions are one of the top contenders for winning the Super Cup. Marina Machans have registered only four foreign players for the Super Cup, as already the gaffer John Gregory has stated that he is going to give chance to all the players especially Indian Players who were not played in the regular season. The turnaround of fortune for Chennaiyin was prominent, finishing in the 7th place in ISL 3 to Champion in ISL 4. From the squad of the ISL champions 6 Indian players were called for the AFC Asian Cup Qualification against the Kyrgyz Republic. So in the match against Aizawl FC, we can look for a new squad. Mohammad Rafi, Germanpreet Singh, Thoi Singh could be in the Playing XI, it is because Jeje Lalpekhlua, Dhanapal Ganesh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa were have only returned from their International duty but they can come in as a substitute in any time. The skipper Sereno has not renewed his contract with Chennaiyin so that the team will play under the leadership of Mailson Alves who scored two crucial goals in the ISL 4 final.
The 2016-17 I-League champions did not have a good season this time. The team’s start was good at the beginning of the season but they could not keep it up, thus leads them to sack their head coach Paulo Menzes in the middle of the season. Then they had appointed Santosh Kashyap as the Head Coach for the rest of the tournament, anyhow under his guidance, the team has finished in 6th place and pursued direct entry into the Super Cup. Aizawl has registered 4 foreign players Andrei Ionescu, Masih Saighani, Alfred Jaryan and Leonce Dodoz for the Super Cup. The defence was average and the attacking side was slightly weaker for Aizawl this season but if they are overcoming these mistakes done in these areas then they can give a tough competition to the ISL champions.
K Singh(GK), K Almeida, M Alves(C), F Cardozo, D Singh, B Singh, R Mihelic, J Nworuh, J Gavilan, G Singh, M Rafi.
○Aizawl FC(5-3-2): Lalawmpuia(GK), Lalchhawnkima, L Varte, M Saighani, Hmingthanmawia, L Kiangte, A Zohmingmawia, A Jaryan(C), A Lonescu, Lalkhawpuimawia, L Dodoz.
○Chennaiyin FC (Last 5 Matches): D W D W W
○Aizawl FC (Last 5 Matches): L W L W L
●Head to Head
CFC Win: 1
AFC Win: 0
Goals Scored by CFC: 1
Goals Scored by AFC: 0
The above stats are from the pre-season match played between both the teams in November 2017 ahead of their 2017-18 domestic season.
This is a knockout format game so only a win will give them further progress. On comparing both the teams Chennaiyin is looking stronger and more organized than Aizawl. So my prediction for the game is a modest victory for the ISL champions. Chennaiyin FC 2-0 Aizawl FC.
Hero Super Cup Round-16
Match-1: Chennaiyin FC VS Aizawl FC.
○Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
○Date & Time: 31st March 2018 & 08:00 PM(IST).
○Live Telecast: Star Sports-1 Tamil, Star Sports-2, Star Sports-2 HD.
○Online Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV