Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's NorthEast United FC vs Jamshedpur FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.
That is all for today. Thanks for tuning in. We will meet you in tomorrow's double header: Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa vs Mumbai City . Goodnight and take care.
Match report: ISL 2021-22: Jamshedpur a point away from booking semis berth after 3-2 win against NorthEast
Updated stats copy: ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters' Gill set to win Golden Glove after ATK Mohun Bagan is eliminated
Updated points table: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Jamshedpur FC wins League Winners's Shield for the first time
7:10 pm: What are the coaches saying?
6:45 pm: STAT!
Jamshedpur FC has never won four consecutive matches in the ISL. A victory against NorthEast United FC will help it achieve that record. However, it had won three times in a row on four different occasions, including two times in the ongoing season.
6:35 pm: Starting lineups out!
NorthEast United FC: Michu(GK); Mashoor, Zakaria, Gurjinder, Irshad; Gogoi, Hernan, Joe, Imran, Marco; Brown.
Subs: Sanjiban(GK); Patrick, Tondonba; Medhi, Gani; Ralte, Manvir, Lalkhawpuimawia, Marcelo.
Coach: Khalid Jamil.
Jamshedpur FC: TP Rehenesh(GK); Laldinliana, Sabia, Hartley, Ricky; Pronay, Ritwik, Doungel, Mobashir; Stewart, Chima.
Subs: Pawan(GK), Dhami(GK); Laldinpuia, Narender, Sandip, Anas; Lima; Murray, Pandita.
Coach: Owen Coyle.
6:17 pm: When both teams met earlier in the season!
6:00 pm: This is our predicted xi for tonight's match!
NorthEast United Predicted XI: Mirshad Michu (GK), Patrick Flottmann, Provat Lakra, Mohamed Irshad, Zakaria Diallo, Imran Khan, Hernan Santana (C), Joe Zoherliana, Pragyan Gogoi, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Deshorn Brown.
Jamshedpur FC Predicted XI: TP Rehenesh (GK), Ricky Lallawmawma, Eli Sabia, Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley (C), Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Pronay Halder, Ritwik Das, Greg Stewart, Daniel Chukwu.
5:45 pm: Head-to-head record!
In the nine matches played between these two in the ISL, NorthEast United FC has won once. The Men of Steel have been victorious on three occasions, while they have shared the spoils on the remaining five occasions.
Jamshedpur FC will be eager to clinch all three points and maintain the second position in the table when it faces a struggling NorthEast United FC on Friday.
Owen Coyle’s Jamshedpur is on a three-match winning run and beat Chennaiyin FC 4-1in its last outing. It is second in the table with 31 points from 16 matches and four points behind league-leader Hyderabad, having two games in hand.
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Jamshedpur is the favourite to win when it takes the pitch against NorthEast. However, the Highlanders have occasionally spoiled the party of stronger teams despite a disappointing season, about which Coyle is aware.
“NorthEast is a very good team, and I think they are being held back by major injuries and players missing from their squad this season. Khalid Jamil has not been able to have the player continuity, but when you look back at their full strength, they have the quality, as we saw against Bengaluru[FC] the other night.,” said Coyle in a pre-match press conference.
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It has been a poor season for Khalid Jamil’s NorthEast. It finds itself tenth with 13 points from 18 matches and has three wins throughout the season. However, the Highlanders showed their fighting spirit in their last match when they came from behind to notch a 2-1 win against Bengaluru.
The return of striker Deshorn Brown will boost Khalid Jamil’s men against Jamshedpur, which has shown exemplary defending throughout the season. It has conceded 18 goals and has the best defensive record among all teams.
“He[Brown] is one of the best players in the ISL. We have missed him. You can see the importance of his presence in the last match where we won after two months. It is my pleasure to have him in the team,” Jamil told the media ahead of the match.
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