12 Dec 2018
ISL 2018-19: Jamshedpur vs Delhi Dynamos: A pre-match report
While Jamshedpur will be trying to secure a spot in the top four by winning this encounter, bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos will be desperate to prevent another humiliating loss tonight.
Last time the two teams met, the match ended 2-2, and Jamshedpur have also won just once in their last five fixtures, thus making tonight's encounter an exciting one.
Here is our detailed match preview.
How are the two teams getting ready for the encounter?
Jamshedpur will be without important players like Raju Gaikwad, Sergio Cidoncha, and Michael Soosairaj as they line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Gaurav Mukhi remains suspended from tonight's fixture.
The legendary Tim Cahill will be leading the Jamshedpur attack.
Delhi have no injury or suspension worries, and they might also use the 4-2-3-1 formation with Mihelic playing as the lone striker.
Who are the key players from the two sides?
Jamshedpur's Carlos Calvo has been playing some of the best football this season, and he will be a vital element in their plans to surpass Delhi. Calvo has already scored twice and created four goals in the competition.
Lallianzuala Chhangte and Marcos Tebar will surely be the key players for the Delhi outfit, with Chhangte having scored three goals so far this season.
Probable line-ups and TV listing
Jamshedpur FC: Paul; Jairu, Tiri, Memo, Gurung; Rahman, Arques; Farukh, Calvo, Jerry; Cahill.
Delhi Dynamos: Gomes; Das, Crespi, Zuiverloon, Kotal; Tebar, Bikramjit; Chhangte, Carmona, Sekar; Mihelic.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 PM, and can be watched on the Star Sports network or live-streamed on Hotstar.
Will way will the match sway tonight?
Though Delhi Dynamos have played impressive football this term, they have had the worst defense imaginable.
Delhi's biggest worry is the lack of a prolific goalscorer. However, with important Jamshedpur players absent tonight, they could bounce back.
Jamshedpur are the second-highest scorers of the season and should keep the pressure on the visitors throughout the match, which might see them come out victorious.
What story does the league table say?
Goa's surprise loss against Pune last night has kept them at the fourth position with one game to spare as Bengaluru continue to rule the table.
If Jamshedpur win tonight, they will be one point behind third-placed NorthEast United, and Goa will slip to fifth position.
Defending champions Chennaiyin are trailing at the second-last spot on the league table with just five points.