Hello and welcome to our coverage from another match from the Indian Super League. NorthEast United will take on Delhi Dynamos in their final home game of Indian Super League (ISL) season three, on Wednesday. The match begins at 7 pm IST and can be seen on the Star Sports network if you are a television viewer. It can also be seen on Hotstar if you are looking at the online option. For the link to the online streaming, click here.
NorthEast need to acquire a win from their remaining two group stage matches to have a chance of advancing to the semi-finals. They need a minimum of four points from their two games left and should they draw against the Delhi Dynamos, then their last match of the league phase becomes a must-win and vice versa.
With the playoff picture starting to take shape, the Delhi Dynamos know they need just a point to secure their spot in the finals, but they’re going to have a tough time against NorthEast United, who, interestingly, are the only team out of the current top four who can still qualify for the finals.
NorthEast almost lost to Chennaiyin FC in their previous match until a late injury-time goal gave them a lifeline. “If you tell me we were lucky to score in the last minute, then yes we were lucky but we fought to bring that luck for us and we created chances to score, and honestly I think we deserved the draw,” said Nelo Vingada, NorthEast United FC coach. “It is the correct result and the result is very important for us as it lifts our morale. We will put in a strong effort in the next two games,” he added.
Nelo Vingada will have a tough balancing task at hand as two of his prime players, Nicolas Velez and Koffi Ndri are on three bookings. One more card will mean the duo will miss out on the final league match against Kerala Blasters in Kochi.
On the other hand, Delhi Dynamos are fortunately in a better position. For Delhi, who are high on confidence after their 5-1 thrashing of bottom-placed FC Goa in their last match, a win will seal their place for the semifinals with a match left in hand. They are at second spot with 20 points from 12 matches.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t reached the semi-finals as yet. So we have to focus on our next game, which is against a very difficult team, and for this reason it’s very important to plan step by step,” said coach Gianluca Zambrotta after Delhi defeated Goa. The Lions can still make the final four even if they lose this game, although the Dynamos would want to secure qualification before their last game against table toppers Mumbai City FC.
NorthEast United FC: TP Rehenesh, Wellington Gomes, Mailson Alves, Nirmal Chettri, Reagan Singh, Robin Gurung, Salam Ranjan Singh, Shouvik Ghosh, Didier Zokora, Fanai Lalrempuia, Holicharan Narzary, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Katsumi Yusa, Koffi Christian N’dri, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rowllin Borges, Seityasen Singh, Wellington Priori, Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Velez, Robert Cullen, Sasha Aneff, Sumeet Passi
Delhi Dynamos FC: Antonio Doblas Santana, Sanjiban Ghosh, Soram Poirei, Ruben Gonzalez Rocha, David Addy, Ibrahima Niasse, Anas Edathodika, Chinglensana Konsham Singh, Lalchhawnkima, Rupert Nongrum, Souvik Chakraborty, Florent Malouda, Bruno Augusto Pelissari de Lima, Marcos Tebar, Emerson Gomes de Moura, Denson Devadas, Malsawmzuala, Richard Gadze, Badara Badji, Arjun Tudu, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Kean Lewis, Amoes Do, Alwyn George