Chennaiyin FC and Abahani Dhaka are set to clash in a 2019 AFC Cup Group E tie at the TransStadia Arena in Ahmedabad on April 30th (Tuesday).
•Game : Chennaiyin FC v Abahani Limited Dhaka
• Date : Tuesday, April 30
• Time : 7:30 PM IST
○ TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
• Indian TV channel : NA
• Online Streams
○ TEAM NEWS :
• Chennaiyin FC possible line-up:
Karanjit Singh (GK), Renthlei, Mailson Alves (C), Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Chris Herd, Dhanpal Ganesh, Anirudh Thapa, Raphael Augusto, CK Vineeth, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
• Key Players: Chris Herd, Raphael Augusto
• Abahani Dhaka possible line-up:
Mohammad Alam (GK) (C), Raihan Hasan, Wali Faisal, Tutul Badsha, Sohel Rana, Masih Saighani, Wellington Priori, Newaj Jibon, Rubel Miya, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Kervens Belfort.
• Key Players: Newaj Jibon, Belfort
○ GAME PREVIEW :
This tie is a very important one as it will decide the table topper in Group E. Both these sides have won one and drawn one match, with Chennaiyin FC now being placed at the top of the group courtesy of superior goal difference at the end of matchday 2 in AFC Cup 2019.
Having won their first-ever match in the AFC Cup last time out against Manang Marshyangdi club, Chennaiyin FC must be high on confidence and they will look to continue the same form.
John Gregory has a fully fit squad available with Jerry Lalrinzuala and Dhanpal Ganesh slowly getting ample amount of chances after being injured for the majority of the ISL campaign.
Anirudh Thapa has been good during the last few games while Mailson Alves has been rock solid at the back. Chris Herd has made a huge impact since signing for Marina Machans back in January. In front, Jeje Lalpekhlua and CK Vineeth will be expected to strike up a partnership.
The 2017/18 Bangladesh Football premier League champions are in good form going into this crucial game.
Abahani Dhaka’s Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba set to miss the game against Chennaiyin FC as he failed to obtain Indian visa. There is no doubt that it will be a huge blow for the Sky Blues.
“It is frustrating that we can’t go to India with a full-strength side while the home side will play with full strength including four foreign players,” said team manager Satyajit Das Rupu.
● Author’s Take:
Both the teams are coming into this encounter at the back of a two-week break. I personally hope this will be an end-to-end stuff as both these teams looking for a win to go clear at the top of the table.
It has to be seen whether the home side Chennaiyin FC prevails or the Sky Blues from Dhaka come away with a win from this clash.