Kerala Blasters FC host Delhi Dynamos FC later tonight, at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi. The home team, without a win from their last two matches, have been strengthened by the arrival of key players and look all set to stop the winning streak of the Dynamos with a tough fought draw.
Kerala made a promising start to their campaign with a 3-0 win over NorthEast United FC, but have hit a minor roadblock as the have failed to win the last two games.
Peter Taylor's men produced a disappointing performance in their last match against Atletico de Kolkata, which they ended up losing 2-1. Kerala lacked intensity and desire for most of the game, while Josu seems to be the only player who is providing creativity in the midfield.
Delhi, on the other hand, are heading into this fixture on the back of two fantastic wins – the last of which came against FC Pune City.
Roberto Carlos' men have produced two solid defensive performances at the back, as they bounced back well after the disappointing loss in their opening game. They now have the chance to go level on points with league leaders FC Pune City, with a win in this game.
Kerala Blasters FC team news
Peter Taylor will miss two players for this fixture. Midfielder Peter Carvalho has been sidelined with an injury, while Mehtab Hussain will serve his suspension after picking up his third yellow card of the tournament in the last game.
Carlos Marchena is back with the squad, but he still lacks match fitness and might only make an appearance from the bench. Antonio German, who was also sidelined due to a hip injury, has recuperated and will be part of the bench.
Delhi Dynamos team news
Sehnaj Singh has returned from his national team sojourn and player-cum-manager Roberto Carlos has expressed his delight on his arrival. The former Brazilian international, who hasn't featured on the pitch since their opening game against Goa, has also stated that he is ready to step in, but only when required by his side.
Delhi have a clean bill of health at the moment, and that is reflecting in their performances.
November 9, 2014: Kerala Blasters FC 0-0 Delhi Dynamos FC
November 16, 2014: Delhi Dynamos FC 0-1 Kerala Blasters FC (Orji 61')
Kerala Blasters FC 1–1 Delhi Dynamos FC
Kerala Blasters have been strengthened by the arrival of Jhingan and Lobo, while Delhi Dynamos are riding high on confidence at the moment. There are unlikely to be too many goals in this game, and the home side should be able to hold the visitors to a draw.
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