ISL: Resolute Jamshedpur hosts leader Chennaiyin

Both the sides appeared keen for a win at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Thursday evening as it can redefine the standings in a big way.

ISL debutant Jamshedpur has not been clinical in front of goal, but it did manage a massive win against Bengaluru FC in front of its fans.   -  K. Murali Kumar

For ISL debutant Jamshedpur FC one aspect seems to be bothering its coach Steve Coppell – the team’s profligacy in front of goal. As his side prepares for its third home outing, this time against table topper Chennaiyin FC, the Englishman seemed to draw strength from the statistic favouring his side; the home side has five clean sheets in the six matches so far.

However, JFC’s opponent on Thursday possesses one of the most prolific attacks, having scored 12 goals in the seven games it has played.

Both the sides appeared keen for a win at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Thursday evening as it can redefine the standings in a big way. A win for Chennaiyin will see it extending its reign at the top while three points for JFC will help it climb the table that has cluster of teams fighting amongst themselves.

“There is not one way of being successful in football. Thankfully there are lots of different ways and maybe, our way is not the same as everyone else,” Coppell preferred to dwell on his team’s defensive ability which has seen it conceding just one goal in six matches. “The less number of goals we have scored is not for the lack of trying. Things have been marginal in the first few matches where we just could not convert chances,” Coppell added.

JFC has a draw (0-0 against ATK) and a loss (0-1 against FC Pune City) in its previous two outings and Coppell hoped his team will be able to rot the winless run on Thursday.

Having secured a draw in the ‘Southern Derby’ against Kerala Blaster FC in its last home game, John Gregory’s CFC will be looking to consolidate the position on top with a win. “It is not going to be an easy game. They have proved to be a very difficult side to beat. They haven’t scored many goals but they haven’t conceded many either. I know Steve (Coppell) from England. He always has his side well drilled,” quipped the Englishman.