On Wednesday evening, Delhi Dynamos shall return to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where they shall play host to Kerala Blasters. The Pride haven’t won a single match on home soil this season and will look to change their fortunes against David James’ side.
The good news for the Dynamos is that they have finally managed to end their losing streak of six matches by winning a point against Chennaiyin FC. It wasn’t just about the point as they also managed to score twice, a feat which has happened only once earlier this season.
On the other hand, Kerala Blasters too have issues of their own to contend with. They have already sacked coach Rene Meulensteen and James has guided them to win a point in their last game.
Just like Dynamos, Blasters too have only scored a paltry seven goals from eight matches. For Delhi, Kalu Uche and Guyon Fernandez are the only two recognized strikers in their squad and the former has spent some time on the sidelines due to an injury. Fernandez hasn't been prolific in the ISL and has missed several scoring opportunities. Delhi is the only ISL team which has no Indian striker per say.
For the Blasters, Iain Hume wasn't afforded much of a chance by Meulensteen and the Canadian striker who was to lead the line is yet to break his duck. Dimitar Berbatov, the former Manchester United striker, has been deployed in midfield from where he has struggled to contribute towards the scoreboard. Mark Sifneos is the youngest forward in the squad and the Dutchman has had to shoulder the responsibility of scoring goals. Sifneos has scored three in eight matches.
Both teams have won just a single game!
Blasters (8) have double the number of points than Delhi (4) and have leaked in almost half the goals (11) conceded by Miguel Angel Portugal’s outfit (21).
Interestingly, Kerala Blasters have spent close to six crores more than their opponents on Wednesday yet they too lie in the bottom half of the ISL table.