Kochi: Title contenders Chennaiyin FC will start as favourites when they take on Kerala Blasters in the first semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) today.
Chennai have been the most consistent side in the ISL and they would start today’s match with a psychological advantage even in front of the vociferous home supporters as they had won both the matches against Kerala.
Chennai ended the first half of the league phase on joint top position with Atletico de Kolkata but took the sole lead quickly and did not relinquish it for the rest of the season.
Chennaiyin have scored the maximum goals (24) in the ISL, thanks mainly to marquee man Elano Blumer. Kerala, in comparison, have struggled with only nine strikes, the lowest among the semi-finalists. However, Kerala player-manager David James believes that his side can win tonight.
“We are confident against Chennai. They are not in great form recently,” said James.
The return leg of the semi-final will be held in Chennai on December 16.
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