Atletico de Kolkata
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
19th October 2014, 16:30 IST
Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos will be on opposite ends of the India Super League (ISL) table when they face off at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday. The Red and White’s are currently atop the standing after winning their first two games. On the other hand, the capital club find themselves in the lower half of the table, following their goalless draw with FC Pune City earlier in the week. So both teams will be gunning for the full three points on Sunday as Atletico de Kolkata will be keen to extend their winning run, while Delhi Dynamos will be eager to move up the table and reduce their gap with the leaders.
Team News and Tactical Brief:
Atletico de Kolkata
Despite winning their first two games, Atletico de Kolkata will be heading into Sunday’s game with a bit of a worry due to the unavailability of their midfield general Borja Fernandez. The Spaniard, who marshals the area in front of the back-four and is equally competent going forward, was sent off during his side’s 2-0 win over NorthEast United on Thursday. The former Real Madrid and Getafe player has been a vital player for the Kolkata outfit thus far and his absence against the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Mads Junker will surely be a cause of worry for Antonio Habas’ side. On the flip side, Atletico de Kolkata have really benefitted from the partnership between Luis Garcia and Fikru Teferra. The Ethiopian international has found the back of the net in both of his side’s fixtures thus far after latching onto passes from marquee signing Garcia. And the whole of Kolkata will be hoping for the partnership to flourish further against Delhi Dynamos.
Probable Starting XI: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Denzil Franco, Josemi, Arnab Mondal, Biswajit Saha, Ofentse Nato, Mamunul Islam, Baljit Sahni, Luis Garcia, Jofre Mateu, Fikru Teferra
There is no denying the fact that Delhi Dynamos were the better team against FC Pune City on Tuesday. Harm van Veldhoven’s side did everything right in that game except failing to convert their numerous chances into goals. Junker, who wasted a few guilt-edged opportunities, was the main culprit behind Delhi Dynamos not coming out with the full points against FC Pune City. Juventus legend Del Piero, the marquee player of the franchise, came on as a substitute in that game. However, the ex-Italy international is expected to start against Atletico de Kolkata as Delhi Dynamos will be looking up to him for breaking his side’s goalscoring duck in the ISL. Delhi Dynamos are also aware that they need to win at the Salt Lake Stadium as any other result will peg them further down the table.
Probable Starting XI: Kristof Van Hout, Wim Raymaekers, Anwar Ali, Shouvik Ghosh, Naoba Singh, Francis Fernandes, Bruno Herrero, Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Hans Mulder, Alessandro Del Piero, Mads Junker
Atletico de Kolkata 2 – 1 Delhi Dynamos
Good form coupled with home advantage will help Atletico de Kolkata to triumph this contest, although Delhi Dynamos is expected to put up a good fight.