Jamshedpur FC (JFC) will be looking for a winning start to their Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 campaign when they face Chennaiyin FC in their opening fixture of ISL season 7 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.
The fixture promises to be an intriguing narrative with Owen Coyle, who led Chennaiyin to the final last season, joining Jamshedpur FC this season. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis, too, has moved from Chennaiyin to Jamshedpur.
Former Jamshedpur FC fan-favourite Memo Moura, meanwhile, has moved to Chennaiyin.
Coyle’s appointment, in particular, may turn out to be a masterstroke for Jamshedpur FC, who traditionally are strong starters but tend to fizzle out in the latter half of the season.
Coyle proved his coaching calibre at Chennaiyin last season, coming in to replace John Gregory at a time the Marina Machans were struggling near the bottom of the table.
The former Burnley manager turned things around in the latter half of the season for Chennaiyin, inspiring them to the final – a task which looked impossible when he took charge.
Nerijus Valskis’ 15 goals played a major part in the turnaround and Jamshedpur FC fans will hope the duo can combine to similar effect at their new club.
Another feature Coyle showcased last season was his ability to get the best out of Indian youngsters and at Jamshedpur FC, he will have some highly-talented prospects like Amarjit Singh, Narender Gahlot, Jitendra Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma and Mobashir Rahman at his disposal.
Here’s the list of Jamshedpur FC’s ISL 2020-21 fixtures:
|Match No.||Home Team||Away Team||Date||Venue||Timing|
|5||Jamshedpur FC||Chennaiyin FC||November 24, Tuesday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|10||Jamshedpur FC||Odisha FC||November 29, Sunday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||5 PM|
|14||Hyderabad FC||Jamshedpur FC||December 2, Wednesday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|20||Jamshedpur FC||ATK Mohun Bagan||December 7, Monday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|23||SC East Bengal||Jamshedpur FC||December 10, Thursday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|28||Mumbai City||Jamshedpur FC||December 14, Monday||GMC Stadium Bambolim||7:30 PM|
|32||Northeast United||Jamshedpur FC||December 18, Friday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|38||Jamshedpur FC||FC Goa||December 23, Wednesday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
|41||Bengaluru FC||Jamshedpur FC||December 28, Monday||Fatorda Stadium||7:30 PM|
|54||Jamshedpur FC||Kerala Blasters||January 10, Sunday||Tilak Maidan Stadium||7:30 PM|
Jamshedpur FC Full Squad 2020-21
Goalkeepers: Pawan Kumar, Niraj Kumar, TP Rehenesh
Defenders: Narender Gahlot, Joyner Lourenco, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sandip Mandi, Laldinliana Renthlei, Karan Amin, Peter Hartley, Jitendra Singh, Stephen Eze
Midfielders: Aitor Monroy, Alex Lima, Amarjit Kiyam, Aniket Jadhav, Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Mobashir Rahman, Bhupender Singh
Forwards: Nerijus Valskis, William Lalnunfela, Nicholas Fitzgerald, David Grande
Technical Staff: Head coach – Owen Coyle, Assistant coaches – Sandy Stewart, Noel Wilson, Strength & conditioning coach – Adrian Gregory Dias, Goalkeeping coach – Ezequiel Gomez Leon