The Highlanders have currently registered six wins, while the visitors have notched only two victories.

With the play-offs race further heightened, NorthEast United will be aiming to register three points against lowly Delhi Dynamos, when both the sides meet in an Indian Super League clash on 7th February, at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

Ahead of their upcoming match, gaffers from both the teams met the media to discuss about the encounter.

Coach’s Corner

Eelco Schattorie (NorthEast United)

The Highlanders currently occupy the last play-off spot, having tallied 23 points from 14 games. With just four more games left to be played and Jamshedpur FC and ATK breathing down their neck, NorthEast United need to make the most of their home games.

Eelco Schattorie’s side have won just two of the seven matches they have played at home. Dropping points at this juncture could potentially endanger their bid to reach the ISL play-offs for the first time. 

“It is difficult for them (Delhi) to qualify. They can play without any pressure. It is always a completely different mindset if you have to deliver something. We are in a position where we need to win and they are in a position where they will try to get a result. If you can score quickly against such a team, you can break them down because of less motivation,” Schattorie said. 

Schattorie will be aware that Delhi held FC Goa to a goalless in their last clash and will be out to play spoilsport, again.

The Dutchman will also be concerned with his own team’s results, picking up only one win in their last five matches. 

NorthEast had preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation with star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche leading the lines initially. But Schattorie has experimented with a 4-4-2 as well. However, he is expected to revert to the shape that brought the Highlanders results. 

Mridul Banerjee (Delhi Dynamos)

Delhi Dynamos, on the other hand, finally seem to have some wind in their sails. They have picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three matches. 

However, a disastrous initial half of the season has all but put paid to their play-off hopes. The Dynamos, however, will be confident of showing everyone that they can give any team a run for their reputation.

“If we win our remaining matches, the team will be more motivated. We know maybe we won’t qualify for the play-offs but if we win the next games, we will get confidence. In our home match, we lost to NorthEast United 2-0. Now if we win tomorrow in the away game the team will get great confidence,” said assistant manager Mridul Banerjee. 


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NorthEast United

NorthEast had preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation with star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche leading the lines initially. But Schattorie has experimented with a 4-4-2 as well. However, he is expected to revert to the shape that brought the Highlanders results. 

Delhi Dynamos

Delhi do have a couple of fitness concerns though. Midfielder Bikramjit Singh is injured while Adria Carmona is not expected to feature in the starting XI despite travelling with the squad. 

Probable Lineups

NorthEast United

Rehenesh, Reagan, Gurwinder, Grgic, Robert, Leudo, Borges, Triadis, Gallego, Putea, Ogbeche.

Delhi Dynamos

Dorronsoro, Das, Gharami, Zuiverloon, Crespi, Singh, Tebar, Kumar, Mihelic, Chhangte, Lalhlimpuia.

Did You Know?

  • NorthEast have won three times against Delhi, scoring two goals in each of those fixtures.
  • A loss for Delhi will knock them out from the playoff race.
  • NorthEast has never finished in the top four.

Broadcast

The match will kick-off at 7:30 PM, in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. It will be broadcasted live on Star Sports, and streamed via Hotstar and Jio TV.