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Delhi Dynamos

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Kerala Blasters

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

 16th November 2014, 19:00 IST                                          

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Delhi Dynamos take on Kerala Blasters in a 9th round encounter today in a crucial battle to keep their hopes of progress alive. Delhi Dynamos lie at the bottom of the table with 7 points from 8 matches and Kerala are placed 6th with 9 points from 8 matches. Thus a win in today’s encounter will generate crucial momentum to take their campaign to reach the semi finals forward. A win for Delhi will help them rise above Kerala to the 6th spot and if they win by a margin of 3 goals, they can even reach the 5 th position above North East United. A win for Kerala will see them reach the 3rd spot.

Team News and Tactical Brief:

Delhi Dynamos

The home team will look to bounce back after losing 1-4 against FC Goa. They will start with a 4-1-2-3 formation. The 6 ft 10 inch giant, Kristof Van Hout will start under the bars for the Dynamos. Adil Khan will play the role of a right back. The central defence will be guarded by the duo of Anwar Ali and Wim Raymaekers. Souvik Ghosh, who plies his trade for Mohun Bagan in the I-League, will start as the left back. The Dutch defensive midfielder, Hans Mulder will be the link man for the Dynamos. Mulder has been the best player for Delhi in this tournament. He has made the most number of interventions in this tournament and has also contributed to a number of Delhi’s attacks. Souvik Chakrabarty and Pavel Elias will play the roles of the right and left central midfielders. Shylo Malswantulunga, Mats Junker and Dos Santos will be the three forwards. Delhi’s marquee player, Alessandro Del Piero is not likely to start. He is likely to come on as a substitute in the latter stages of the game. 

Probable Starting XI (4-1-2-3): Van Hout, Adil Khan, Anwar Ali, Wim Raymaekers, Souvik Ghosh, Hans Mulder, Souvik Chakrabarty, Pavel Elias, Shylo Malswamtulunga, Mats Junker, Gustavo Dos Santos.

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Kerala Blasters

After a poor start to the tournament, Kerala Blasters are now moving up in the league table. A win in tomorrow’s match can propel them to the 3rd spot in the table above Pune. Trevor Morgan is likely to start with a 4-1-2-1-2 formation. The maquee players for the Blasters, David James will start as the custodian. The back four will consist of Nirmal Chettri as right back, the pair of Sandesh Jhingan and Hengbert in central defence and the veteran Soumik Dey as right back. Mehtab Hussain will look to play the role of a central defensive midfielder. Pearson is likely to start on the right wing with Ishfaq Ahmed on the left. Kerala Blasters’ skipper, Penn Orji will start as the central attacking midfielder behind the two strikers, Ian Hume and Andrew Barisic. The Canadian international, Ian Hume has been the best player for the Blasters and the team from Kerala will bank on him for goals. Kerala’s very own, striker CS Sabeeth has also been in good form and is likely to be used as a super – sub. Another option for Trevor Morgan as a super – sub is striker, Milagres Gonsalves.

Probable Starting XI (4-1-2-1-2): David James, Nirmal Chettri, Sandesh Jhingan, Cedric Hengbart, Soumik Dey, Mehtab Hussain, Stephen Pearson, Penn Orji, Ishfaq Ahmed, Iain Hume, Andrew Barisic

Predictions:

Delhi Dynamos 0-1 Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters will go into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw against Nicolas Anelka’s Mumbai City FC, whereas Delhi Dynamos will be on the back of 1-4 drubbing at the hands of FC Goa. Thus Kerala Blasters will be higher on confidence than Delhi Dynamos. Kerala’s strikers, Hume, Sabeeth and Milagres have also scored in this tournament. Their defence will also be high on confidence after maintaining the clean sheets against Mumbai City FC, whose forward line included the likes of Nicolas Aneka and Moritz.