Chennaiyin FC hopes to maintain their four-game unbeaten run in the ISL as they make the trip to Delhi to face a dejected Punjab FC in the reverse clash.
Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC Match Details
Date: Monday, 18 December 2023
Time: 20:00 (IST)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC Match Preview
Despite holding Kerala Blasters, placed second on the table, at half-time, Punjab FC eventually conceded from a 51st-minute penalty converted by Dimitrios Diamanatakos to leave their defensive work undone. The fifth defeat of the campaign for the Shers kept them second last on the table and ended their run of collecting three draws on the spin. Staikos Vergetis’s team have now lost against all the current top-four teams in the table but a playoff-seeking side will be the cause of concern for them in the next game. The Shers lost heavily to Chennaiyin FC, 5-1 away in the first ISL meet, played in October this year with Connor Shields scoring a brace for the opposition. Suffering their first loss in the season at home against the Blasters, the I-League champions could not afford to enter the Asian Cup break on a losing streak with Odisha FC also visiting Delhi after this in the third straight match at the venue.
Chennaiyin FC have a golden chance to open up a five-point gap lead in the playoff places by building on their 2-0 victory against Bengaluru FC in the Southern derby. It was the first win for the Marina Machans since October and came after a sequence of three draws. Once again Rafael Crivellaro showed his presence in scoring the early penalty before Jordan Murray confirmed the win in the same manner in the second half. It was also their second clean sheet of the season and one can give Chennaiyin FC momentum to take forward. Owen Coyle’s team will face Shield holders Mumbai City in the final game before the Asian Cup break so they will not want anything other than a win on Monday to prepare for the clash. Chennaiyin FC haven’t lost to Punjab FC in the previous three clashes including drawing their two AFC Cup clashes back in 2019.
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Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC Predicted Lineups
Kiran Chemjong; Khaiminthang Lhungdim, Suresh Meitei, Dimitrios Chatziisaias, Nitesh Darjee; Prasanth K, Ashish Pradhan, Nikhil Prabhu, Krishnananda Singh; Luka Majcen, Juan Mera
Debjit Majumder; Ankit Mukherjee, Ryan Edwards, Lazar Ćirković, Aakash Sangwan; Ayush Adhikari, Jiteshwor Singh; Ninthoi Meetei, Rafael Crivellaro, Vincy Barretto; Jordan Murray
Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC Dream11 Team Prediction
Considering both teams’ contrasting form, Chennaiyin FC should have an advantage over Punjab FC in the match to pick up all three points.
Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Captain Pick: Rafael Crivellaro
Vice-captain Pick: Jordan Murray
Our top pick for the PFC vs CFC Dream11 Team is Rafael Crivellaro who has contributed to eight of the 15 goals scored by Chennaiyin FC and has a hand in at least a goal scored in the last four matches. Jordan Murray is also in terrific form scoring three goals and providing an assist in his last three games.
PFC vs CFC Dream11 Team Suggestion
GK: Debjit (7.5)
DEF: Lhungdim (8.5), Prabhu (8.5), Edwards (8.5), Sangwan (8.5)
MID: Crivellaro (9), Jiteshwor (7.5), K Singh (8)
FW: Mera (9), Murray (7), Majcen (9)
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