Both teams will be bolstered with the return of their Bengaluru FC players while the Super Machans will still miss the services of coach Marco Materazzi on the bench…
Delhi Dynamos host defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Dynamos head into the match on the back of 2-0 victories over FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC in their last two matches. These consecutive victories have propelled head coach Gianluca Zambrotta’s men up the table and they would love to further consolidate their position with a hat-trick of wins.
Chennaiyin too are on a positive run with a five-match unbeaten streak. However, their last three matches have only yielded draws and the Super Machans would want to change that on Wednesday. Thus a thrilling encounter filled with fireworks can be expected in the national capital as things heat up in the Indian Super League.
Hosts Delhi have a fully fit squad to pick from with no fresh injuries from their last game and all others having recovered to full fitness.
For Chennai influential midfielder Hans Mulder has returned to fitness but his involvement remains uncertain.
Both teams will be bolstered by their returning Bengaluru FC players.
Head to Head
Delhi won 4-1 at home and then drew 2-2 away in 2014. In 2015, Delhi again triumphed at home, this time 1-0 before the Super Machans thumped them 4-0 in Chennai. Earlier this season, Chennaiyin were run ragged as they succumbed to a 1-3 loss at home.
Man to Watch
Marcelinho-Delhi Dynamos: Marcelinho has featured in every match for the Lions this year. Joint topscorer with five goals to go with four assists, the Brazilian has won many hearts with his slick passing, pace and smart finishing. Most importantly, he is a team man. The last time these two teams met, Marcelinho proved to be a thorn in Chennaiyin’s flesh as he scored a brace and scripted a 1-3 win for Delhi.
Bernard Mendy-Chennaiyin FC: Bernard Mendy, who was an inspiring figure at the back last season, hasn’t quite hit the same highs this year. Going up against an attack that has scored 12 goals this season – the highest in the league – his performance will be key if CFC want to get anything out of this game.
Delhi Dynamos FC: Antonio Doblas Santana(GK), Souvik Chakraborty, Anas Edathodika, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Rubén González Rocha, Milan Singh, Marcos Tébar, Florent Malouda(C), Richard Gadze, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Kean Lewis.
Chennaiyin FC: Kerr; Wadoo, Mendy, Eli Sabia, Jerry; Hanghal, Thoi, Augusto, Khabra, Peluso, Jeje
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD, and Hotstar. You can also follow live commentary on Khel Now website by our ISL correspondent.