ISL: Delhi Dynamos seeks to stem the rot

Having lost three matches in a row, Delhi faces an in-form FC Goa on Saturday.

Ahmed Jahouh of FC Goa warms during training.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

FC Goa will fancy a big win to move to the top of the points table when it takes on an under-firing unit in Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. If Goa wins by a margin of three goals or more, it will overtake Bengaluru FC; considering it has scored at least three goals in all of its victorious endeavours, and the poor form of its opponent, the task won’t be improbable. Delhi, currently ninth in the standings, is smarting from three losses in a row.

Goa has benefited from the rampant mood of its two strikers - Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote - who account for 11 of their team’s 13 goals so far in the competition. If there is any cause for concern, it will be its inability to ensure clean-sheet in any of its matches.

Good stats

Delhi, on the other hand, has not scored a single goal in its last two matches. Strangely, however, the team has good analysis when it comes to the number of touches and crosses it has conjured. It is third among 10 teams in the number of touches - 2824 - and it has strung the most number of passes - 74. It also has the most number of passes in the event so far. But these have resulted in just 28 shots on goal.

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The team’s coach, Miguel Angel Portugal, admitted its failings. “In the games so far, we have dominated the ball and did everything well but we know we are not scoring and the team is working on that,” he said.

A victory, which considers less likely given the form of the two sides, will take the host to seventh in the table.

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