Jamshedpur FC will head into the new season in the Indian Super League hoping to qualify for the postseason after missing out narrowly in the last two seasons. The Man of Steel will open their campaign with a home game against the newly-formed team Odisha FC at JRD Tata Sports Complex, in Jamshedpur.
There won't be any team from Delhi this time around after the owners decided to change Delhi Dynamos' name to Odisha FC and home base to Bhubeneshawar for the 2019-20 season. So there will be new hope that the change will also bring a good fortune to the team.
The Indian Super League match will be played between Jamshedpur and Odisha FC at JRD Tata Sports Complex, in Jamshedpur, India. The ground has a capacity of 24,424.
The game will start at 07:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, October 22.
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This is the first game for both teams this season.
What to expect?
Bengaluru FC and FC Goa are once again odd-on favourites for the playoffs this season. But the teams like Jamshedpur and NorthEast United are more than ca[pable of claiming a top-four finish.
Jamshedpur will go into the new season under a new manager and a few Indian players who are yet to make their ISL debut. But the Man of Steel still has the players on their roster who narrowly missed out on the playoffs in the last two seasons, so that experience should work in favour of the team.
Jamshedpur should be in the mix for postseason.
An air of uncertainty. For the team go to the new season under a new name and will play its game at a new base. Head coach Josep Gombau remains in India, but he knows results will have to improve this time around if he is to see out this season.
Jamshedpur Team News:
Cesar Ferrando left Jamshedpur after missing out on the playoffs, with Spaniard Antonio Iriondo coming in as his replacement.
Jamshedpur have six foreign players on their roster. Midfielder Memo Moura, who is the only non-Spanish foreign player in the squad and centre-back Tiri, are the only two foreign players who were part of the foreign contingent last season.
Noe Acosta, Piti, Aitor Monroy and Sergio Castel are the other foreign players on Jamshedpur roster.
The addition of C.K. Vineeth seemed like a necessity considering Sergio Cidoncha, Mario Arques and Pablo Morgado all left the franchise in the off-season. The 31-year-old is a proven talent in India and will be a main fixture in the playing 11.
In term of addition, the following Indian players joined Jamshedpur this season: Isaac Vanmalsawma, Joyner Lourenco Jitendra Singh, Narender Gehlot, Niraj Kumar, Aniket Jadhav, Amarjit Singh Kiyam.
Jamshedpur FC squad for 2019-20 season:
Goalkeepers: Amrit Gope, Niraj Kumar, Subrata Paul, Rafique Ali Sardar
Defenders: Augustin Fernandes, Robin Gurung, Tiri, Joyner Lourenco, Narendar Gehlot, Jitendra Singh, Keegan Pereira, Karan Amin
Midfielders: Memo, Aitor Monroy, Noe Acosta, Mobashir Rahman, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Bikash Jairu
Forwards: Sergio Castel, Sumeet Passi, Aniket Jadhav, Piti, CK Vineeth, Farukh Choudhary
Jamshedpur Probable XI:
Subrata Pal (GK), Bikash Jairu, Tiri, Narender Gehlot, Jitendra Singh, Memo, Aitor Monroy, CK Vineeth, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Piti, Sergio Castel
Odisha FC FC Team News:
Odisha have listed seven foreign players on their roster for the 2019-20 season. Francisco Dorronsoro and Marcos Tebar are the only foreign players who were part of Delhi squad last season. While Aridane Santana, Diawandou Diagne, Martin Perez Guedes, Carlos Delgado and Xisco Hernandez complete the foreign contingent in the squad.
But the departure of Lallianzuala Chhangte will be a huge loss considering the young Mizo is one of the best wingers in India. But the team has retained Indian players like Vinit Rai, Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Sajid Dhot who have had enough exposure in ISL to repay the faith showed in them by the franchise.
Odisha FC squad for 2019-20 season:
Goalkeepers: Arshdeep Singh, Ankit Bhuyan, Francisco Dorronsoro
Defenders: Amit Tudu, Rana Gharami, Sajid Dhot, Shubham Sarangi, Carlos Delgado, Narayan Das, Gaurav Bora, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai
Midfielders: Romeo Fernandes, Van Lal Remtluanga Chhangte, Lalhrezuala Sailung, Vinit Rai, Bikramjit Singh, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Marcos Tebar, Xisco Hernandez, Diawandou Diagne, Martin Perez Guedes, Nandhakumar Sekar
Forwards: Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Aridane Santana, Seimingmang Manchong
Odisha FC Probable XI:
Francisco Dorronsoro (GK), Gaurav Bora, Carlos Delgado, Narayan Das, Shubham Sarangi, Diawandou Diagne, Vinit Rai, Nandakumar Sekar, Xisco Hernandez, Aridane Santana, Jerry Mawihmingthanga
Likely to score:
JFC vs ODS Dream11 potential winner:
Jamshedpur FC are favourite to win the match.