MUMBAI CIY FC
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
Kick off : 1900 IST
Match forty three of the Hero Indian Super League throws up a vital clash between Delhi Dynamos FC and Mumbai City FC. The match will be played out at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, which is built up as essentialy a must win for both the sides hailing from the metro cities. Both the teams are slotted in the bottom half of the table and are flirting with an early exit. A win here for both the sides will enable them to take a firm step towards making their presence felt and eventually challenge fora top four spot.
The side from the capital got a lifeline from their last match against the North East United in Guwahati. Delhi Dynamos clinched their second set of three points after six games and are currently slotted at the bottom of the table. Coach Van Heldhoven has finally injected some new players and tweaked the strating line up to go for the kill from the beginning. Riding on the back of Dos Santos’ form, the Dynamos would be looking to string another win at home. The brazillian is expected to start the match with Del Piero again warming the bench.With Wim Raymaekers and Pavel Illias still doubtful for the game, it will be another chance for the portuguese defender Dinis to start alongside Anwar Ali. 4-3-3 again looks on the cards for the home side with Francis Fernandes and Mama accompanying Dos Santos in attack. Souvik Chakraborty will be suspended for this match after his sending off in the last match.
A win here would seriosuly throw the cat among the piegons as Delhi could finish at as top as fifth after the round.
Probable Starting XI (4-3-3): Van Hout(GK), Elias, Anwar Ali, Wim Raymaekers, Souvik Ghosh, Hans Mulder(c), Steven Dias, Bruno, Shylo Malswamtulunga, Francis, Dos Santos.
Mumbai City FC:
After Peter Reid’s side showed some promise owing to a slow start, it seems the side is happy defending and has lost the swag upfront. The side from the western coast of India hasn’t scored in their last four games, which include three draws and a loss in the last round against Chennaiyan FC.
Subrata Paul as expected will take up his position in goal , with Deepak Mondal and Peter Costa taking their place in Left and Right back respectively . The pairing of Cmovs and Friedrich will form the centre of defence .Lanrindike Ralte will be deployed on the left side of midfield with Subhash Singh being played on the right side of midfield. Peter Reid will pair up jan Stohanzl and Johan Letzelter in the centre of the park ,with Stohanzl’s ability to break up play and starting up new attacks a vital reason for Mumbai City’s recent success .Andre Moritz will start just behind the striker with Nicolas Anelka taking his place in attack.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-1-1) : Subrata Paul , Deepak Mondal , Peter Costa , Pavel Cmovs , Manuel Friedrich , Lalrindike Ralte , Subhash Singh , Jan Stohanzl , Johan Letzelter , Andre Moritz and Nicolas Anelka .
Delhi Dynamos FC 3-1 Mumbai City FC
With Delhi now having the bit between their teeth and virtually in a nothing to lose state of mind, the team flaunting Orange is expected to win the tie. Heldhoven has finally found some rhythm within the team, whereas his counterpart Peter Reid has failed to boost the attack upfront.