Jamshedpur keen on ending year on high with victory against Delhi

Jamshedpur FC will battle it out against Delhi Dynamos FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Cesar Ferrando’s men currently find themselves in fifth spot with 16 points, while Delhi remain rock-bottom with only four points. The reverse fixture in November served us a second-half treat with the match ending in a 2-2 draw. If that result is anything to go by, we could be in for another memorable night.

JAMSHEDPUR FC

After a week’s break, Jamshedpur return to action with the hope of getting back to winning ways. With draws against the likes of Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC, Jamshedpur cannot afford to drop any more points, especially with Mumbai City and FC Goa gaining steam. Despite showing good attacking verve, the one criticism surrounding them this season has been their inability to close matches. In fact, they have dropped a total of six points from winning positions so far.

Since Sergio Cidoncha’s injury, fellow Spaniard Carlos Calvo has taken on the mantle of being Jamshedpur’s chief creative outlet. The midfielder has contributed with two goals as well as two assists in the past four matches and has firmly established himself as one of the first names on Ferrando’s team sheet. His partnership with the likes of Tim Cahill and Jerry Mawhmingthanga upfront will be vital against Delhi’s defence.

Here’s a look at Jamshedpur’s season in numbers:

DELHI DYNAMOS FC

The ongoing campaign has not been a fruitful spell for Josep Gombau and Co. The Lions remain victory-less after 10 matches, notching up a meagre four points. As we reach the business end of the season, the chances of Delhi making the playoffs seem increasingly unlikely. A win against Jamshedpur might just prove to be the catalyst for a change in fortunes they so desperately need.

One positive for the side from the capital has been their goal-scoring form of late. After going three matches without scoring, Delhi finally snapped that unwanted streak by scoring in three of their last four matches. However, their defensive frailties are still evident for all to see. Delhi have conceded the most goals in the second half this season (15) and Gombau will need to address this issue, especially against a hungry Jamshedpur attack.

Here’s a look at Delhi’s season in numbers:

PROBABLE LINE-UPS:

JAMSHEDPUR FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Robin Gurung, Tiri (C), Mobashir Rahman, Bikash Jairu, Memo, Mario Arques, Carlos Calvo, Malsawmzuala, Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Tim Cahill

DELHI DYNAMOS FC: Albino Gomes (GK), Pritam Kotal (C), Marti Crespi, Gianni Zuiverloon, Narayan Das, Marcos Tebar, Bikramjit Singh, Nandhakumar Sekar, Rene Mihelic, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Adria Carmona

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Out of the 19 goals scored by Jamshedpur FC this season, 9 have been scored from set-pieces.
  • Out of the 11 matches played, 7 have ended in draws and Jamshedpur have won just three matches, losing once.
  • Delhi has scored least number of goals so far (9).

FANSPEAK

Which Spanish manager will win the tactical battle?

  • Cesar Ferrando
  • Josep Gombau

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