Jamshedpur FC would be in a dismal phase after their second consecutive fifth-place finish in the ISL. While JFC failed to qualify for the ISL semi-finals by 4 points last season, the margin was reduced to 2 this year. However, the continuous performances without the final glam would be affecting the club morale. Super Cup would be an opportunity to rectify their mistakes and clear out the pity errors earlier this season. Cesar Ferrando would be confident enough to pull up a tough challenge after promising shows toward the end of the last month. Future prospects like Michael Soosairaj would be additional rewards for the manager to utilize at the Super Cup.
Churchill Brothers would be the most improved team from this I-League season. The club from Goa escaped relegation last season by surprise. However, they regrouped to give some bigger names of the league a hard time. Churchill ended the season at the 4th place on the table, with 34 points. The team worked well with sync under Romanian manager Petre Gigiu, who made the maximum use of players like Willis Plaza. Coming into the Super Cup, Churchill Brothers would be aiming at something high close to the final. With the potential the team possess, Churchill can easily reach the semi-finals if they get past this initial Jamshedpur wall.
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Match Information
Date: 2 April 2019
Kickoff: 8:30 PM IST
Live Stream: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Team News
Australian legend Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from the game. All other players would be available for Cesar Ferrando.
Churchill Brothers does not have any injury concerns.
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Probable Lineups
Jamshedpur FC (4-2-3-1): Subrata Paul, Raju Gaikwad, Augustin Fernandes, Tiri, Dhanachandra Singh, Mario Arques, Memo, Michael Soosairaj, Carlos Calvo, Farukh Chaudhary, Pablo Morgado
Churchill Brothers (4-4-2): James Kithan, Hussein Eldor, Khalid Aucho, Suraj Singh, Nenad Novaković, Nicholas Fernandes, Aniston Fernandes, Kunzang Bhutia, Jovel Martins, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, Willis Plaza
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Form Guide
Jamshedpur FC: W-D-L-W-L
Churchill Brothers: L-W-D-D-L
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Head-to-Head
No previous matches.
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Key Players
Jamshedpur FC will have Carlos Calvo play a crucial role in the attack. The 33-year old midfielder will be dangerous when partnered with Pablo Morgado. Both the Spanish players together scored 8 goals in ISL and would be trying to continue the same at Super Cup.
Willis Plaza, Churchill Brothers' 31-year old striker is the joint top-scorer of I-League 2018-19 with 21 goals. Plaza has been unstoppable at Churchill's attacking front, playing a crucial role in taking the team to the 4th position in the league. If the Trinidadian international continues his magnificent form, Tiri will have a tough time on the field.
Jamshedpur FC vs Churchill Brothers: Predictions
It would be difficult to rule out one of these two teams as both have the potential to rise to the occasions. Jamshedpur FC, even on the back foot will have a strong and combat defence line to guard the goal. If Churchill Brothers can get past this line at least once, the win will theirs.Published 01 Apr 2019, 11:11 IST