Having bagged a point each in both of their away fixtures, at Guwahati and Kochi respectively; Jamshedpur FC now head into their debut match on home soil. As for the visiting side, ATK fly to Jharkhand after a 1-4 defeat to FC Pune City at The Bengal Tigers‘ fortress.
|Game||Jamshedpur FC vs ATK|
|Date||Thursday, December 1|
|Time||8 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecasted with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD, Star Sports Hindi 1/HD, Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Star UTSAV||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Malayalam TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Asianet Movies||Jalsha Movies|
Andre Bikey will return to the side having served his suspension period and will replace the injured Anas Edathodika in central defense. Winger Bikash Jairu be will introduced on the left-flank as he will replace Kervens Belfort.
Injured – Anas Edathodika
Doubtful – None
Key Players – Mehtab Hossain, Izu Azuka
No new injuries for the Kolkata outfit would mean they would go ahead with the same side barring Hitesh Sharma’s inclusion. The young striker is likely to be replaced by Robin Singh up-front, who will lead the attack with Finnish-Kosovar player Njazi Kuqi.
Injured – Robbie Keane, Carl Baker, Ashutosh Mehta, Jayesh Rane, Anwar Ali
Doubtful – None
Key Players – Njazi Kuqi, Bipin Singh
While Jamshedpur FC could have snatched more than just two points from their double fixtures away from home soil, Steve Coppell would be satisfied with the unbeaten record and clean-sheet maintained by his troops. Now, the focus for the Men of Steel will shift to clinching full points from home ground.
Custodian Subrata Paul’s presence will be pivotal as Jamshedpur FC’s full-backs remain shaky. The onus will be on Kervens Belfort to kick start the goal tally for the ISL debutants, especially after he came close to registering one in the dying moments of the last tie. Also, Nigerian forward Izu Azuka would be expected to be more productive with Brazil-born Matheus Trindade supporting him.
As for the visitors, they will need to work more on their defensive organisation than the attacking nature, having conceded as many as four goals at VYBK Stadium in Kolkata. Debjit Majumder will have to be finer between the sticks and efficiency would be desired from the attackers in the final-third.
Placed ninth on the points table with just a point to show, ATK’s strikers Robin Singh and Njazi Kuqi will need to capitalize as much as possible whenever space or chances are gifted to them.
With both sides hungry to grab a goal, it will be an intriguing affair on Friday evening which will see JRD Tata Sports Complex host an Indian Super League match for the first time.