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ISL 2018-19: Delhi Dynamos eye first win against in-form Jamshedpur FC

Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur have faced each other on a couple occasions with Jamshedpur winning both duels

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Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FC (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)
Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FC (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)

Dynamos will look to gather their first three points of the season when they host an in-form FC in the Indian Super League at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

The visitors come into the game unbeaten so far and on the back of a 4-1 win against FC Goa.

Dynamos have been struggling, having lost their last two games and winless in six so far.

Head coach Josep Gombau trained with the full squad at his disposal for the first time this season. Rene Mihelic, Bikramjit Singh and Adria Carmona returned from injuries after having missed the last match against NorthEast United.

The game will see FC defender Pratik Chowdhary play against his former side for the first time since leaving while marquee signing Tim Cahill is expected to start as well.

FC Head Coach Cesar Ferrando plays a similar style of football as Gombau, utilising his wings well and it is expected to be a strong challenge for Dynamos full-backs PritamKotal and Narayan Das.

Gombau will be hoping his front-line starts firing, with the side having scored just three times in the season so far and having not scored in the last three outings.


SQUAD: are experiencing their worst start to a season and one of the biggest blames should be put on the forwards who have failed to put away their chances. While scoring just thrice in six matches this season, have also drew blank in the last three fixtures.

Delhi's defence, too, have had their fair share of problems this season and the team has only managed to keep one clean sheet this season against Chennaiyin FC, but it was largely due to the heroics of goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro, rather than a solid display by the back four. Gombau may start both Tebar and Rene Mihelic to add some much-needed creativity in the middle of the park in order to carve out more chances.

Jamshedpur registered their second win of the season in their last outing, against Goa, finally breaking a series of performances during which they took lead but failed to maintain it, settling for draws instead. Coach Cesar Ferrando made some changes in the starting XI which saw Australian legend Tim Cahill dropped to dench. The coach also switched his preferred possession-based style for high-pressing.

Soosairaj has been a constant creative outlet for Jamshedpur, already registering three goals in his last two games. He has been a constant threat down the left, running at defenders with pace before either cutting in to shoot or going wide to whip dangerous balls in for the strikers to attack.

MANAGERS SPEAK: Gombau's side have dominated proceedings but it is in the latter stages of the game where they have faltered. The side conceded twice in the final 10 minutes against the Highlanders, while conceded late goals against ATK and FC Pune City as well which denied them an opportunity to pick up more points than what they got in these three games.

"I am happy because this is the first time I have all the players at my disposal and can select my best squad. I am hoping things change against Jamshedpur and maybe they might also lose tomorrow."

"We have conceded late goals from counter attacks and it is something that is worrying. We are improving and playing the right football, but we need to finish games well. We are working on that," Gombau added.

FORM: Delhi have scored just three times from their 17 attempts on target. During this time, they have registered a passing accuracy of 69.01 per cent while keeping clean sheet just once.

Jamshedpur FC have scored 12 goals from 26 shots on target. They have the passing accuracy of 74.44 per cent while keeping clean sheet just once.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: and Jamshedpur have faced each other on a couple occasions with Jamshedpur winning both duels.

PROBABLE 11s:

DELHI DYNAMOS FC: Francisco Dorronsoro (GK), Rana Gharami, Marti Crespi, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal (C), Marcos Tebar, Rene Mihelic, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Shubham Sarangi, Nandhakumar Sekar, Andrija Kaludjerovic

JAMSHEDPUR FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Tiri (C), Pratik Chowdhary, Bikash Jairu, Robin Gurung, Mario Arques, Pablo Morgado, Sergio Cidoncha, Memo, Michael Soosairaj, Gourav Mukhi

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 12:57 IST