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Federation Cup 2017 Preview: Chennai City FC vs East Bengal FC – Red and Golds face off against desperate Southerners

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Chennai City started the Federation Cup 2017 with a defeat to I-League champions Aizawl FC on Sunday. After taking a healthy 2-0 lead in the first half, they witnessed a terrific comeback by the Northeast side in the second half that resulted in a 3-2 defeat.

East Bengal started their game against Churchill Brothers in dominant fashion. They looked set to take all the plaudits but a late goal from Ansumana Kromah meant the team from Kolkata had to settle for a point despite dominating the majority of the game.

East Bengal are coming on the back of a disappointing league campaign. The Red and Golds looked certain to mount a serious title challenge early on in the season but the promise failed to blossom as Aizawl FC took the league by storm. Interestingly, East Bengal's title challenge had suffered a massive blow when they fell to a 1-2 loss in Chennai to Soundarajan's team.

Chennai City, on the other hand, finished eighth in the table in what was their debut season in the top-flight. Current coach Soundararajan will be hoping to get his troops ready for a difficult match against the side from Kolkata at the Barabati Stadium, Odisha.

It could be that East Bengal will be itching for revenge and consign the Southerners to a second defeat in the cup.

TEAM NEWS

Chennai City are expected to field their usual 4-4-1-1 formation with Charles and Soosai Raj up front. After losing the first game, the result of this match could end up being crucial towards their chances at progressing from the group. The performance of Nandhakumar and Edwin out wide will be key for them.

East Bengal will be looking to ensure they don't rue missed chances this time around. The Red and Golds have a fully fit squad but Jackichand Singh is not part of the team registered for Federation Cup 2017. They are expected to go into the match with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mehtab Hossain and Rowllin Borges featuring as the double pivot. Plaza is expected to lead the attack from the front once again with ample support from Bikash Jairu and Nikhil Poojary from the wide areas.​

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Also, if heat becomes an issue for Wedson or Plaza, Robin Singh is available for inclusion. The coach will be reluctant to make multiple changes to his side which has already lost out on two points in their first game.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

CHENNAI CITY FC:

Injured : None

Doubtful : None

Unavailable: Marcos Thank (Not picked in squad)

Key Player : Charles de Souza

EAST BENGAL :

Injured : None

Doubtful : None

Unavailable : Chris Payne (released), Jackichand Singh (haven't travelled)

Suspended : None

Key Player : Wedson Anselme

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