Chennaiyin vs NorthEast United
Indian Super League
Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai).
The defending champions got off to a nightmare start to the new Indian Super League campaign. They are yet to pick up their maiden points in the new season coming into the third round clash with NorthEast United.
The story is completely opposite with the visitors who ended last season at the very foot of the league ladder. They took four points from two games, holding the in-form Goa side to a 2-2 draw before beating the 2016 champions ATK 0-1 on the road at the start of October. Can the Highlanders take advantage of the momentum and keep their stellar form going with a success on Thursday afternoon against Chennaiyin?
Chennaiyin vs NorthEast United: Head-to-head
- The visitors have a positive head to head record with Chennaiyin.
- NorthEast United won 4, drew 2 and lost 2 of 8 encounters with Marina Machans.
- Four of last five head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
- Chennaiyin bagged three goals in each of last two home games against the Highlanders (3-3 and 3-0).
Chennaiyin vs NorthEast United: Prediction
We could easily witness the continuation of a high-scoring trend in head to head games between these two likes. The hosts look too much vulnerable at the back at the start of the season. They will come into this off the back of a 1-3 loss to Goa at home.
NorthEast United are by no means a defensive-minded outfit either. They shipped two or more goals in three of last five games if we count the end of last season. Backing goals at both ends thus seems to be just the way to go here.
The Highlanders have been dreadful travellers in the previous term of Indian Super League (1 win, 1 draw and 7 losses). We thus see this as an ideal match-up for the reigning champions to get their title defense bid up and running and bounce back from a devastating kick off to the new season.
Chennaiyin vs NorthEast United: Bet Tips
Chennaiyin to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
BTTS 1.80 (4/5).