ISL 2015: Another opportunity for Delhi to bag full points at home

Richard Gadze has scored in his last three appearances for Delhi.

PTI| Updated: Nov 18, 2015, 18:50 PM IST
ISL 2015: Another opportunity for Delhi to bag full points at home

New Delhi: They may be still unbeaten at home but Delhi Dynamos would be keen to break the sequence of draws when they lock horns with Pune City FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) fixture here.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, Delhi Dynamos FC eked out a thrilling 2-1 victory in their away game at the Balewadi Sports Complex.

Placed second in the standings, Pune FC would look to exact revenge at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which witnessed a record turnout in the home team's last game against Atletico de Kolkata on November 14.

Dynamos President Agarwal said, "With Delhi Dynamos playing exceedingly well, the atmosphere and support at the stadium is energising. It is an interesting phase of the tournament and we welcome all our enthusiastic fans to come and support us in this crucial game."

Last week, the Dynamos, who are at third place in the points table, played out their third straight draw at home against Atletico de Kolkata after similar results against NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC.

It will be interesting to see if Dynamos' marquee manager cum player Roberto Carlos includes Richard Gadze, who have scored in the last three matches, in the starting XI or continue with his strategy to bring the Ghanian on as a second half substitute.

In search of an elusive victory at home, the Dynamos will also be again looking upto their midfield maestro Florent Malouda to call the shots in the middle of the park.

The former French star has marshalled the midfield well, but he and his teammates would love to see him finding the back of the net.

Malouda will have Hans Mulder for company in midfield, with men like Gustavo dos Santos and Seminlen Doungel controlling the wings.

India international Robin Singh and UK-based Adil Nabi will shoulder the responsibility upfront.

After a shaky start, Dynamos' defence is gradually settling down. Brazilian World Cup winner and Real Madrid legend Carlos, who has so far made three appearances in the second edition of the league, might give himself another shot tomorrow.

Cralos has men like Anas Edathodika, Anwar Ali, John Arne Riise and Naobo Singh, among others, to chose from in defence.

Goalkeeper Antonio Doblas Santana has done a decent job at the post.

As far as Pune City FC is concerned, David Platt could contemplate playing both Tuncay Sanli and Adrian Mutu upfront.

Skipper Didier Zokoro will be the visiting team's fulcrum, and is being tasked with the job of distributing the balls.

Lenny Rodrigues has also been an important player in the Stallions squad and his rise in stature has been visible this season.

The defensive midfielder has impressed with his tackles, and his interceptions too has been pivotal for Pune.

The Dynamos are aware of the threat Pune City FC could pose.