I-League 2017: Chennai City vs Bengaluru FC Preview, Team News and Prediction

Published on: 07 March 2017

Struggling Chennai City host defending champions Bengaluru FC in the I-League on Wednesday, the 8th of March at theJawaharlal Nehru Stadium inChennai.

Setting the scene:

The home team come into this clash on the back of woeful form which see's them placed ninth in the table with just nine points to their name, a run which has seen them register just two wins in the league so far.

The problem the team is facing is their inability to score goals which has hurt them and whileCharles de Souza and Haroon Amiri have been working extremely hard up front they have found little or no support from the wingers and the midfield. The aim of the management will be to ensure that they do not end up as the wooden spoon holders come the end of the season.

AFC Club Rankings:
45 - Bengaluru FC
69 - Mohun Bagan
102 - Churchill Brothers
125 - East Bengal

The defending champions Bengaluru FC have found the going a little tougher this season, as seen by their struggles over the past month. However, Albert Roca's men come into this game on the back of a morale boosting over Minerva Punjab, which was their first in seven games.

The Blues will be in pink as they march out for matchday in Chennai, to celebrate international #WomensDay #CCFCvBFC pic.twitter.com/KzJuFhEtvb

Just like their opponents, the Blues problems have been their profligacy in front of goal with the strikersCK Vineeth and Sunil Chhetri not being able to score regularly when being presented with the chances.

Bengaluru FC have signed Serbian striker Marjan Jugovic as their fourth foreigner till the end of this season #IndianFootball #HeroILeague pic.twitter.com/WGIePh4kgB

New signing Marjan Jugovic is expected to start the gamewithLenny Rodrigues set to be given another chance in midfield after scoring the winner against Minerva.

Team News and Injury Updates:

Chennai City:Raju Yumnam is injured whileEdwin Vanspaul is doubtful for the game.

Bengaluru FC:Rino Anto, Amrinder Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Gursimrat Singh Gill andLalthuammawia Ralte will all miss the clash due to injuries.


The Blues got back on track after a month which has seen their title challenge fall by the wayside. They come into this game as the favourites and will win 2-1.