Title contenders Chennaiyin FC will start as favourites when they take on Kerala Blasters in the first semifinal of the hugely successful Hero Indian Super League football tournament, here on Saturday.
Atletico De Kolkata will be chasing the elusive 20-point mark, thought to be the minimum number of points needed to get into the Indian Super League (ISL) play offs, when they face a resurgent Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.
Alessandro Del Piero, who was not part of Delhi Dynamos' 4-1 hammering of Mumbai City FC owing to a stomach bug, could be back for the side's next ISL game against Atletico de Kolkata, said coach Harm Van Veldhoven.
Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi on Thursday said that his players were raring to go for their first home match against Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League here tomorrow, even though weathermen predicted heavy rains to continue to lash the city.
Delhi Dynamos extended their dismal run in the Hero Indian Super League as they lost by a solitary goal to Kerala Blasters to remain at the bottom of the table and put themselves in a difficult position to qualify for the semifinals here on Sunday.
A belated birthday gift it may be but marquee player Alessandro Del Piero would still be happy, and more importantly relieved, if Delhi Dynamos are able to break their winless streak when they take on FC Goa in a match of laggards in the Indian Super League on Thursday.
After a grand acceptance of football's newest form in India from a passionate local crowd in the opening night of the tournament in Kolkata, the Indian Super League (ISL) bandwagon got moderate crowd support in the capital, in home team Delhi Dynamos' clash against FC Pune City.
BCCI's chief curator Taposh Chatterjii on Sunday inspected the pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, venue of the first India-West Indies One-day International on October 8, and hoped it would have something for both batsmen and bowlers.
The country`s top archers, including Deepika Kumari, will be seen in action in the TATA National Ranking Archery Tournament (NRAT) - 2nd Stage for Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior beginning at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.