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I-League 2017: Chennai City FC vs. Bengaluru FC Preview - A steely test of resolve awaits Chennai as Bengaluru come calling

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Chennai City face a test of their resolve as they gear up to face The Steelmen from Bengaluru in an I-League round 13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, 18th March 2017.

The home team have had a woeful run of late and were denied all three points on Sunday by a late equaliser from DSK Shivajians, leaving them rooted at the wrong end of the table. They have picked up just the one point from their previous three games and Soundararajan has been struggling with his attacking options. Charles de Souza and Haroon Amiri have been working extremely hard up front for the team but they have found very less support from the wingers and midfielders.

The only game in which they scored more than one goal was against Mumbai FC which ended 2-1 in the home team's favour. Though they are insulated from relegation and hence are not under undue pressure to pick points up, the team would not want to finish bottom of the pile. For that to happen, they need to do much more than just counter and find Charles, which is their modus operandi these days.

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Against Bengaluru though, they are likely to see less of the ball, owing to coach Albert Roca's philosophy of possession football. Though his team have largely fallen off the title race with a series of disappointing results, the Spanish coach has been reluctant to let go of his ideals and insists on sticking to his methods.

After breaking their seven-game winless run last Sunday against Minerva Punjab, Albert Roca will have Chennai City, another newcomer, in his sights.

The Blues' problem has been their finishing. They have created chances in all their recent games but CK Vineeth, Sunil Chhetri and co have not been banging them in with aplomb. As such, new recruit Marjan Jugovic is expected to start the game. In midfield, Eugeneson Lyngdoh has lost his place and Lenny Rodrigues seems to have convinced Roca of his value and the midfielder is expected to start, given that he scored the winner against Minerva Punjab.

Chennai City will be without the services of fullback Raju Yumnam again while Edwin Vanspaul is a doubt for the game. Denson Devadas is fit again but he might not start the game on Wednesday.

As far as the visitors are concerned, Amrinder Singh is still injured and Arindam Bhattacharya will continue between the sticks.

The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai has not really seen much influx of fans during this I-League season but Wednesday might just be an exception given the historical rivalry between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the states from which these two teams hail.

Kickoff is at 19:05 IST.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS:

TEAM NEWS:

CHENNAI CITY FC

Injured: Raju Yumnam

Doubtful: Edwin Vanspaul

Suspended: None

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Key Player: Charles de Souza

BENGALURU FC

Injured: Rino Anto, Amrinder Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Lalthuammawia Ralte

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Key Player: Sunil Chhetri

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