24th November 2014, 19:00 IST
The group stage of Indian Soccer League has reached its 10th round. Whatever the 8 teams do now in these last 5 rounds will play a huge role in deciding their ultimate fate in the tournament. ISL has thus arrived at its business end, where every game creates a make or break situation.
On 24th November NorthEast United FS plays host to Delhi Dynamos Fc in a 10th round encounter which is do or die encounter for both teams. The home team NorthEast United FC are currently sitting at the 7th place in the table with 10 points from 9 matches while the visitors, Delhi are placed at the absolute bottom of the table with just 7 points from 9 encounters. Thus both teams need to win to keep their hopes of reaching the semi finals alive.
Team News and Tactical Brief:
NorthEast United FC
Ricki Herbert will employ a 4-1-2-3 formation. TP Rehenesh, from Kerala has been one of the best Indian players of the tournament and he is expected to start with the gloves. The back four will comprise of Aibor Khongjee at right back, Massamba Sambou and their marquee player Jehan Capdevilla in central defense and Robin Gurung at left back position. The Zambian international, Kondwani Mtonga will play the role of a screen in front of the back four.Do Dong Hyun will start on the right wing. Boithang will play on the left wing. The 3 forwards are likely to be Seiminglen Doungel, James Keene and Koke.
Probable Starting XI (4-1-2-3): TP Rehenesh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Massamba, Capdevilla, Robin Gurung, Kondwani Mtonga, Do Dong Hyun, Boithang, Seiminglen Doungel, James Keene, Koke.
Delhi Dynamos will look to start with a conventional 4-4-2 formation. The ever reliable, 6 feet 10 inch tall, Van Hout will start as the custodian for the Dynamos. Adil Khan is likely to start as right back. Wim Raymaekers and Anwar Ali are likely to be the two centre backs. Souvik Ghosh is the favourite candidate to start as left back. The midfield is likely to consist of Shylo Malswamtulunga on the right wing, Souvik Chakrabarty and Hans Mulder in the centre and Elias on the left wing. The most expensive player in the ISL, Delhi’s marquee, the legend, Alessandro Del Piero and Mads Junker will start up front.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): Van Hout, Adil Khan, Anwar Ali, Wim Raymaekers, Souvik Ghosh, Hans Mulder, Souvik Chakrabarty, Pavel Elias, Shylo Malswamtulunga, Mats Junker, Alessandro Del Piero.
North East United 1-0 Delhi Dynamos
North East United will start as the favourites in this match. They will enjoy the home support in this match and their players will be fresh after a good rest of 6 days since their last match. The Dynamos will also be fresh after an 8 day break, but they are low on confidence after back to back defeats. The Dynamos haven’t managed to win in their last 7 encounters and goal scoring has been a big problem for them. The Dynamos defence has also let in a number of goals and it will be a tough job for them to contain the likes of Koke and Keene.