ISL Top Picks: Potential match-winners in the upcoming match week
Sportsbet.io enlists the top players primed for a catalyst-like effect this week.
The sixth edition of the Indian Super League gears up for its fourth game week schedule, and as you would expect, the levels of entertainment and quality football continue to enthral the football faithful in the country.
Jamshedpur FC currently lead the league standings with seven points from three games, and two-time champions ATK lie a point below in the second position. Current holders Bengaluru FC played out a third consecutive draw and occupy the seventh place on the points table, while Chennai are at the foot of the table without a win so far.
A host of heavyweight clashes are in the pipeline and here are our handpicked players that are poised for a game-changing impact.
Club: NorthEast United FC
Match: Hyderabad FC vs NorthEast United FC | 6th November
The 21-year-old Uruguyan attacker registered his first contribution of his Indian Super League career on Friday, assisting Redeem Tlang’s 74th minute goal in the 2-2 draw against FC Goa. Chaves was the Islanders’ most productive player in the game, completing 19 passes and registering a pass accuracy rate of 52.77. His creative attributes will be a homework assignment for Hyderabad, who lie second from bottom.
Club: Jamshedpur FC
Match: ATK vs Jamshedpur FC | 9th November
The 22-year-old almost converted a spectacular overhead kick in the entertaining 0-0 stalemate against reigning champions Bengaluru FC on Sunday and will certainly be the player to watch against ATK in the upcoming top-of-the-table showdown. Farukh averages 27.67 passes per game and is poised to build upon his tally of a goal and assist from the three games played so far.
Club: Bengaluru FC
Match: Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC | 10th November
A dismal outing against Jamshedpur has piled further pressure on the Spanish international to deliver against a winless Chennai. The 31-year-old has registered just one assist in 243 minutes this term and needs to develop a goalscoring formula with Sunil Chhetri to kickstart the reigning Indian Super League champions’ 2019-20 campaign.
Words: William Paul