CFC vs BFC Dream11: The reigning champions Bengaluru FC will look to get their season back up and running when they host Chennaiyin FC in round four of the Indian Super League (ISL) at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, on Sunday evening.
Bengaluru and Chennaiyin are ht only two teams without a win this season. But the Blues are undefeated, having played three draws in the first game so they have kind of resistance about them which they could use to nullify an opponent who is yet to find the back of the net. In fact, Chennaiyin's barren run stretches to six games having failed to score in the last three games of 2018-19 season.
Carles Cuadrat's men nicked a 1-0 win over the two-time ISL champions last season and considering how John Gregory's men have been playing, the home team will facny its chances.
“Chennaiyin have always been a very tough team. We have the memories from last season when we won 1-0, but it was a very tough game. The supporters helped us a lot in that game, and I hope that happens again tomorrow (Sunday),” Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat was quoted as saying on Saturday.
That said, Chennaiyin FC have the edge over the hosts in terms of head-to-head record. The visitors have beaten the Blues three time in the last five meetings, having beaten them thrice over five meetings, including the 2018 ISL final.
As mentioned, both the teams are searching for their maiden win of the current season. Bengaluru have drawn all three games with two shut outs in those games. Chennaiyin have solitary point from the first three matches, which came at home in a 0-0 stalemate against Mumbai City FC.
Host: Bengaluru FC
Visitors: Chennaiyin FC
Match Timing: November 10, 07:30 PM
Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Bengaluru will be without center-back Albert Serran who picked up a muscle injury in the 0-0 stalemate in Jamshedpur last weekend.
Erik Paartalu is fit again and will be looking for his first appearance of the season. Cuadrat may look to shuffle his forward line as Manuel Onwu has failed to score in the first three games.
Jeje Lalpekhlua remains a long-term absentee for the two-time ISL champions. No other reported injury concerns for the visitors. That said, Gregory may make changes to his forward line which has drawn a blank so far. No other
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Rahul Bheke, Juanan Gonzalez, Nishu Kumar, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Raphael Augusto, Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri
Chennaiyin FC: Vishal Kaith (GK), Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Eli Sabia, Lucian Goian, Tondonba Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Dragos Firtulescu, Anirudh Thapa, Rafael Crivallero, Nerijus Valskis, Lallianzuala Chhangte
Bengaluru have the home support and have played some good football as compared to Chennaiiyin FC. We back the hosts to edge this one out.