BFC vs JFC – Live Stream Bengaluru v Jamshedpur 9 January 2020
Bengaluru FC tweaked their front line completely against FC Goa after half-time as Chhetri drifted to the left, Onwu started on the front, and Ashique slotted in the right flank in place of Udanta Singh. With the Manipuri speedster out of form this season, we might see the same tactic being deployed in the front with Nishu Kumar and Rahul Bheke pressing the Jamshedpur FC full-backs and surging forward.
Both Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC have been quite active in the winter transfer window season so far. The former have loaned Ajay Chhetri to Hyderabad FC and signed Jamaican international Deshorn Brown. The latter, on the other hand, pursued Carlitos but after the 34-year-old injured himself, Jamshedpur FC signed David Grande.
What happened the last time these two sides met?
Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC played an entertaining 0-0 draw at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. Both the goalkeepers, Subrata Paul and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, produced excellent saves and prevented the strikers from finding the back of the net. Will we see another instance of breathtaking goalkeeping here at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru? Stay tuned to find out.
Welcome to the ISL live coverage of Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC by Sportskeeda here at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. The match will kick-off at 7:30 PM IST.
Bengaluru FC are coming into this tie on the back of a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over FC Goa and will fancy their chances against a Jamshedpur FC side who are winless in five matches.
Carles Cuadrat’s side, placed third on the table with 19 points from 11 matches, can consolidate their spot in the top four with a win on Thursday. Jamshedpur FC, meanwhile, cannot afford to lose. Given that they are sixth with 13 points from 10 matches, a loss will see them fall further behind in the race for the top-four spots.
Captain Sunil Chhetri, who was instrumental against Goa with two brilliant goals, will once again be the key man for Bengaluru FC. The Indian international has scored seven goals already this season and has been a saving grace for Bengaluru FC’s attack which has scored just 13 goals so far.
Cuadrat will be worried about the poor run of form his wingers Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan are going through but will hope new recruit Deshorn Brown can make an immediate impact.
“Sunil Chhetri is our top scorer but we are creating chances, but other players should also score. All the attacking players are working hard to score. I am sure they will help us during the next matches. We play in a good way and we create a lot of chances,” said Bengaluru FC goalkeeping coach Javier Pinillos.
Another factor going for Bengaluru FC is their water-tight defence which has shipped just seven goals this season. It will be a huge ask of Jamshedpur FC, who are without their star striker Sergio Castel, to breach the Blues’ backline.
“Jamshedpur FC have shown this season that they play very good football and that they are a very good side. We have to be careful of them and prepare well. We cannot be overconfident,” said Pinillos.
Jamshedpur FC, who are desperate for a win, need to show a lot more application and resolve than what they have shown so far. Antonio Iriondo’s side have missed Sergio Castel and Piti, without whom, the team has looked different.
The form of Farukh Chowdhury and Aniket Jadhav has tapered off as well, all of which have led to a poor run of form for Jamshedpur FC that has seen them pick only three points from the last five games.
“Every match is different, you have to create chances and then finish the chances. Without Sergio Castel, we are creating chances, but we are not able to finish those chances. Obviously, his absence is worrying. He is still not fit to play. Hopefully, he will be able to play from the next match,” said Jamshedpur FC head coach Antonio Iriondo.
Defensive lapses have not helped them either. They’ve shipped in six goals in the last three games with individual errors at the back scuppering Iriondo’s plans. They have to be vigilant throughout on Thursday, given Bengaluru FC often force the issue in the second half.
Iriondo will hope the return of Noe Acosta from injury will help his team.
“We are facing Bengaluru FC. I love to play against great teams. It is a very good chance for me to look at how the team has been improving. We have been improving in the game, but we are not getting the goals due to Sergio’s injury,” Iriondo concluded.