ISL 2015: Delhi Dynamos vs NorthEast United FC - Preview
Dynamos would want to register another win on their home turf Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.
New Delhi: Eyeing the top spot in the pecking order, Delhi Dynamos will be at home, literally as well on form, when they host the beleaguered NorthEast United in their Indian Super League (ISL) football match here on Tuesday.
With four wins from six appearances, the Dynamos are comfortably placed at the second position, while two victories from as many outings have seen the Highlanders struggling at the seventh place.
Dynamos' performance has been in stark contrast to NorthEast United's struggle in the second edition of the franchise-based eight-team league.
Another win against Cesar Farias' outfit, whose has been a similar story as last season, and the hosts will grasp the number one position.
Under the guidance of Brazilian World Cup winner, Roberto Carlos, Dynamos, after a string of away fixtures, will finally return to their home turf Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.
Having started their campaign on a sour note -- a 0-2 defeat to FC Goa -- Dynamos went on a winning spree in the next games on the road before the run was snapped up, surprisingly, by sixth-placed Mumbai City FC.
They found their touch back in the next game, eking out a 1-0 win over defending champions Atletico de Kolkata to justify the tag of being one of the firm favourites this season.
While their success rate has been impressive, what Dynamos would like to improve is their low average when it comes to scoring goals. They have managed to score just five times so far.
The likes of former French star Florent Malouda, Brazilian Gustavo Dos Santos, Hans Mulder and Robin Singh would be itching to use the match against NorthEast United to find their scoring touch and regain confidence ahead of the tougher battles.
On the other hand, it is nothing less than a must-win game for laggards NorthEast United if they are to enter the knockout stage.
Farias will hope the players such as likely skipper Simao and Velez -- his two attackers -- and stopper Cedric Hengbart rise to the challenge and deliver the goods for the struggling outfit.
The experienced Malouda will again be pivotal to Dynamos' fortunes as he has the ability to create chances for his team-mates. He would also like to find the net himself.
Another Brazilian in the Delhi line-up, Chicao, is also expected to play an important role after his contribution in the earlier games.
In the absence of Souvik Chakraborty, who is serving a one-match suspension after being shown a red card, Carlos will be forced to make changes to his side.
Out-of-favour India stopper Anwar Ali could be drafted into the starting XI in Chakraborty's place.
Dos Santos, who came off the bench to score the winner against Atletico de Kolkata, could also start in tomorrow's fixture.