Chennaiyin FC will be aiming to get their title defence back on track when they meet rivals Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday in the ongoing Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season. The Super Machans have not registered a win at home so far this season and are in desperate need of a victory after securing just four points from their eight games until now.

However, John Gregory’s men have the perfect opportunity to make things right when they host a depleted Kerala Blasters team, who are on a seven-game winless run at the moment. David James’ team suffered their third straight defeat against NorthEast United FC during their last outing in the ISL and have failed to win a single game since their win over ATK in the inaugural fixture of the season.

Both teams will be aiming for nothing short of three points on Thursday as they aim to make up for their stuttering start to the new campaign. The fixture will prove to be a huge six-pointer and a win for the hosts will help them go level on points with the Blasters, who have seven points from their eight games until now.

On the other hand, a win for the visitors will help them keep pace with ATK for the final playoff spot currently occupied by Jamshedpur FC, who are ahead of Mumbai City FC only on goal difference, with 14 points at this stage of the season.

Here is the match update

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