Bengaluru Fc vs Chennaiyin FC
Indian Super League
BFC vs CFC MATCH PREVIEW:
Bengaluru FC host Chennaiyin FC in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018 at their den Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru today, March 17. This will be the third match between these South Indian sides with both the teams beating each other once already this season.
Bengaluru battled with FC Pune City in the first semifinal with the first leg ended in a 0-0 stalemate. In the 2nd leg, Sunil Chhetri came into his own as the India International scored a memorable hat-trick to send the ISL debutants into the final.
While Chennai faced the league's best-attacking side Goa in the other semifinal. The center-back partnership between Sereno and Mailson once again weathered all the storm as the 2015 champions held the hosts to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
The misfiring Jeje Lalpekhlua was the only concern for Chennai manager John Gregory heading into the 2nd match. But the Indian forward responded to all the criticism in style as his two beautiful goals sent his team to the 2nd final in just four years.
When: March 17th, 08:00 PM IST
Where: Sree Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Bengaluru Fc – W W W D W W
Chennaiyin FC – W D D W D W
BFC vs CFC TEAM NEWS:
After picking up two yellows over the course of two legs in the semifinal, Bengaluru FC left-back Subhasish Bose is ineligible for the final against Chennaiyin FC. Nishu should come into the side to play on the left flank.
Head-Coach Albert Roca has no other injury crisis with full strength team at his disposal for the ISL showdown.
Gurpreet (GK); Nishu, Juanan, Johnson, Bheke, Lenny, Paartalu, Delgado, Chhetri, Miku, Udanta
John Gregory will have an injury or suspension-free squad to choose from for the final. With experienced players such as Mailson Alves, Raphael Augusto, Karanjit Singh and skipper Jeje Lalpekhlua bringing in the experience of playing at the big stage after winning the ISL title with Chennai.
Singh (GK); Calderon, Mailson, Sereno, Lalrinzuala, Fernandes, Singh, Ganesh, Nelson, Augusto, Jeje
Bengaluru Fc- First ISL outing
Chennaiyin FC- One title, 2015
Head 2 Head- Two meetings in official matches
Bengaluru Fc- 01 win
Chennaiyin FC- 01 wins
Bengaluru Fc – Chhetri, Miku, Udanta
Chennaiyin FC – Calderon, Mailson, Jeje, Augusto
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Bengaluru FC are favorites in this match. They are one of the most successful football teams in India in recent years. the Blues have won two I-League titles and two federation cups in four years of their existence. They are also unbeaten in the last 10 matches.
But Chennai have already beaten them during the league stage and must be confident about repeating that feat. Also, their centre-back partnership of Sereno and Mailson is one of the best in ISL this season. But in the last match, MS Dhoni owned team showed that they can match their defensive skills with their attack after hammering Goa 3-0 in the 2nd leg semifinal.
It should be a fantastic battle and while considering it's a final, both the teams may opt for a cautious approach at the beginning of the match.
We are going for a Bengaluru win.
BFC VS CFC FANTASY TEAM:
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