The I-League 2016-17 is very much in its early stages, and we have already witnessed some extraordinary encounters between the Indian clubs. And it is no surprise that the Kolkata Giants have managed to hold on to the top two positions on the table. With the Derby Day looming large over the Kolkata Giants, it is going to be fascinating to witness East Bengal playing against Chennai City FC on their home ground. And as we build up to the East Bengal vs Chennai City FC encounter in the I-League 2016-17, we have come up with the live streaming details and TV guide alongside the match preview and probable starting line-up to keep you updated regarding the upcoming encounter.
I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Chennai City Match Preview
East Bengal have got off to a flying start to their I-League campaign with 5 wins in 6 matches and only a single draw. The draw came in the season opener against a spirited Aizawl FC who will be up against Mohun Bagan tomorrow. Since that draw, East Bengal are on a role and have been clinical in their performance. The highlight of the season for East Bengal thus far has been the 2-1 win against Bengaluru FC where they came back from 0-1 down to clinch the match 2-1. And it is expected that the East Bengal juggernaut will keep on moving even against the newcomers Chennai City FC at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday. And with the Kolkata derby coming up within a week’s time, a win is a bare minimum for East Bengal to keep the morale of the team intact.
Also, East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan has been blessed with a couple of skilled players this season in the form of Willis Deon Plaza and Ivan Bukenya who have turned out to be pivotal in the 5 wins they have managed to collect this season. Along with that, the upcoming East Bengal vs Chennai City FC match will provide the East Bengal thinktank the opportunity to test the reserve match. Morgan will also have the chance to field Chris Payne who has been flown in to replace Ildar Amirov. So the upcoming match in the I-League 2016-17 will definitely be one of the matches which would enable East Bengal team to win the match as well as test the bench strength which might turn out to be crucial in the long run.
On the other hand, Chennai City FC have got off to the worst possible and are currently placed in the 9th spot on the I-League 2016-17 table. The newcomers have managed to win only one and draw one while they have lost the rest of the matches. So it is desperate times for the visiting side to get at least a single point from the match against East Bengal which seems really far-fetched for the time being. Even in the last match Shilling Lajong FC had an easy 2-0 win against the team from the southern parts of the country. So it will be really difficult for them to stop East Bengal from clinching yet another win in the I-League.
I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Chennai City Team News
East Bengal have been in a good position as far as injuries in the squad are concerned. Ace central back Arnab Mondal has been sidelined for quite a long while now, and reports have come in that he is slowly gaining fitness. And chances are there Trevor James Morgan will keep him in the 18-man squad for the match against Chennai City FC. Other than that, there has been no news regarding further injuries in the team. However, one thing that will keep East Bengal fans worried is the unavailability of Mehtab Hossain who has played like a well-oiled machine in the midfield area. He won’t be available for the upcoming East Bengal vs Chennai City FC encounter in the I-League 2016-17 due to the yellow card which he received against Mumbai FC in the last match. That was one of the tactical moves from East Bengal which make Mehtab available for the derby match scheduled to be held on February 12, 2017.
For Chennai City FC, nothing much has been revealed to the media regarding the injuries and suspensions, and they will definitely field the best possible eleven in order to achieve at least one point that will provide some confidence to the players which might eventually turn out to be crucial in the 10-team I-League 2016-17.
East Bengal (probable line-up): TP Rehenesh, Gurwinder Singh, Ivan Bukenya, Narayan Das, Rahul Bheke, Lalrindika Ralte, Rowlin Borges, Willis Deon Plaza, Nikhil Poojari, Wedson Anselme and Robin Singh
Chennai City FC (probable line-up): Abhra Mondal, Haroon Fakhruddin, E Anyichie, J Clement, Y Mangang, L Fanai, Caldeira, E. Vanspaul, Marcos Thank, P. Karuthadathkuni and Charles
I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Chennai City Match Prediction
The upcoming East Bengal vs Chennai City FC encounter is expected to be a one-sided affair if we go by the current form, at least the fans would love to see it that way. And we predict that East Bengal will win the encounter with a 2-0 scoreline and the goals will be scored by Wedson and Lalrindika Ralte.
I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Chennai City Match Details
Date: February 5, 2017
Time: 07:05 PM IST, 01:35 PM GMT
Venue: Barasat Stadium, Kolkata
I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Chennai City TV Guide and Live Streaming Details
TV Listings: The upcoming East Bengal vs Chennai City encounter is going to be telecasted live on Ten 2 in India from the Barasat Stadium
Online Streaming: The East Bengal vs Chennai City I-League encounter live streaming will be available on Ten Sports Live.
As it stands now, it is going to be a cakewalk for the Red and Gold brigade. But in football you never know. For the final results of the East Bengal vs Chennai City FC encounter you will have to keep an eye on the match, and for that, we hope the live streaming details, and the TV guide that we have provided will enable to follow every incident in the match. Hope you enjoyed that and you can also share your views regarding the match as we will be glad to listen to you.