NorthEast United will look to do the double over Delhi Dynamos on Wednesday evening in a battle of the minnows at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
|Game||NorthEast United FC v Delhi Dynamos|
|Date||Wednesday, February 14|
|Time||8:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecast with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Hindi TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Star Sports Hindi 1/ HD||Jalsha Movies/HD|
|Malayalam TV channel||Kannada TV channel|
|Asianet Movies/HD||Suvarna Plus/HD|
NORTHEAST UNITED FC:
Injured: Halicharan Narzary, Helio Pinto
Key Players: Marcinho, Seiminlen Doungel
Injured: Pritam Kotal, Edu Moya
Key Players: Kalu Uche, Lallianzuala Chhangte
NorthEast United would miss out on qualification to the playoffs for the four straight season in the Indian Super League (ISL). They would look to pick up as many points as possible from the remaining fixtures in order to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.
The Highlanders have struggled with their finishing and have just 10 goals in their tally. They have created several goal scoring opportunities but their failure to convert has come back to haunt them.
The game against Delhi is an opportunity for the players to find their scoring shoes and return to form. So poor has been Delhi’s defence that they leak in a goal or two under the slightest pressure. It’s no surprise that they have the worst defensive record in the league.
The idea must be to win as many free-kicks and corners in order to thump in aerial balls which the Delhi defence struggles against. John Mosquera’s physical presence will be a handful for the Delhi defenders.
Seminlen Doungel looked impressive in a couple of games but since then hasn’t been able to replicate his scoring form. Lalrindika Ralte impressed against Jamshedpur FC but the former East Bengal player is fast becoming a player who hasn’t yet realized his potential.
Rowllin Borges is the most impressive of NorthEast’s Indian players he recycles possession. T.P.Rehenesh has to be at his best in order to keep a clean-sheet for the north-eastern outfit.
The Lions come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw at home. Coach Miguel Angel Portugal has more or less conceded that the current set of players at his disposal cannot clear aerial balls inside the box.
What’s the mood inside the dressing room is anyone’s guess but certainly things are from being rosy.
The addition of Manuel Arana will strengthen their attack however, they do tend to keep the ball for long without penetrating the opposition. The only outlet for attack has been Lallianzuala Chhangte, a former NorthEast United player.
Chhangte’s rise has been phenomenal. The player was first signed by NorthEast last year alongside Jerry Mawihmingthanga and was afforded a mere 16 minutes of game-time in an away fixture. Thereafter, Chhangte was never used by Nelo Vingada.
Now he has been the standout performer for Delhi given that his pace and trickery has left quite a few defenders bamboozled.
The last time when these two sides met, Albino Gomes committed the horrendous mistake of gifting Danilo Cezario his only goal. What can we expect from Wednesdays game? Who would follow in Gomes’ footsteps – would it be someone from NorthEast or Delhi Dynamos?