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Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Bengaluru, Sree Kanteerava Stadium

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Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin – Battle of the two rivals from the bottom half

  • Bengaluru are unbeaten at home to Chennaiyin since 2018
  • Bengaluru marked the return to league action with a big defeat
  • Chennaiyin are coming into the game after a disappointing Kalinga Cup performance

1-1 Draw

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Bengaluru, Sree Kanteerava Stadium

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Bengaluru have had a disappointing time even after the managerial change that resulted in the arrival of Gerard Zaragoza in the middle of December. However, they have a winnable game against Chennaiyin coming up. Owen Coyle’s team have been struggling equally and they have not been in action for more than a fortnight. That will be a cause of concern for Chennaiyin, who have only managed a handful of wins in the recent two months.

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Reasons to be cheerful

Bengaluru have scored in back-to-back games

Sunil Chhetri is back among the goals

Reasons to be fearful

Bengaluru have only managed one win in the last 10

The club has been heavily reliant on the goals from Chhetri

Bengaluru continue to be in a concerning spot when it comes to Indian Super League 2023-24 season. The club are now 11th in the standings following the loss against Punjab. Even though it may take a considerable length of poor results for Bengaluru to drop to the bottom, this is not the kind of results Gerard Zaragoza would have been hoping for at the time of disappointment in the middle of December.

Bengaluru’s lack of goals continues to be a big problem. Salam Johnson Singh is the only player out with a knee injury. 

Star man – Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri has been the top player for Bengaluru throughout the campaign. After failing to get on the goals since the end of November against NorthEast United, the striker is back among the goals after opening the scoring against Punjab. This was his first goal in the last eight appearances for club and country.

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Reasons to be cheerful 

Chennaiyin have a game in hand over Punjab and Bengaluru

The team has had a lot of time to prepare for this game

Reasons to be fearful

Chennaiyin’s last away win against Bengaluru was in March 2018

In away matches, Chennaiyin have scored less than a goal per game on average

After an extended break of almost 2 weeks, Chennaiyin will be getting back to action with the match against Bengaluru. Even though the game do not have to travel much for this game, they are likely to be concerned. Their away performance has left a lot to be desired with Chennaiyin only managing an away success against strugglers Hyderabad so far this season. 

Even though there are no injury issues for Owen Coyle, the team has been far from consistent this season. Adding to the consistency issues, Chennaiyin have also been disappointing at the back.

Star man – Jordan Murray

Jordan Murray is looking to score for the second consecutive game against Bengaluru. The Australian is the joint top scorer for Chennaiyin with three goals. He is level with Connor Shields, who has been one of the crucial players for the team. Murray’s accuracy from the penalty spot makes him a key player for the game.

Chennaiyin are aiming for their first away success against Bengaluru after five years. However, the wait might have to go a little longer even with Bengaluru struggling for form. Chennaiyin have been very poor at the back and a mediocre performance at the Kalinga Cup confirmed the same. Bengaluru’s loss against Punjab will be a big wake-up call and they are likely to be in much better physical shape compared to Chennaiyin.

1-1 Draw

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Author: Bharath Ram