ISL 2018: JFC hopes to regain winning form against bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos

Jamshedpur FC has lost just one match in ISL 2018-19 but the draws under its name are weighing heavily on its chances of finishing in the top-four in the league stage.

In the absence of the influential winger Michael Soosairaj, Jamshedpur will bank on Tim Cahill to come good against the Dynamos.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

After playing two tame draws in succession that forced it out of the play-off zone Jamshedpur FC (JFC) will look to regain form when it takes on the bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos in a ISL fixture here at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The biggest challenge lying ahead with the host is converting draws into wins. With seven draws and just three wins, JFC is the team with the most number of stalemates in the current season. The team has lost just one match but the draws under its name are weighing heavily on its chances of finishing in the top-four in the league stage.

JFC manager Cesar Ferrando seemed to be bothered by the fact that his side is not producing favourable results especially when it has seven more matches to play. His side had played a 2-2 draw against Dynamos in the reverse fixture.

Missing key players

“Injuries to some key players like Sergio (Cidoncha) and the ban on Gaurav (Mukhi) has been tough on the side but we have to realise the importance of the situation and start winning to get to the top of the table,” Ferrando said on the eve of his team’s 12th outing.

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“I am happy with the team’s motivation level and we are working very hard to get the rhythm back,” said Ferrando. Ferrando seemed to be bothered by the fact that his team could manage only a single win in its last five outings. With its livewire winger Michael Soosairaj seemingly ruled out with injury, the host will be leaning heavily on the Australian star Tim Cahill to retrieve the team out of the doldrums.

Delhi Dynamos is yet to register a single win in the 2018-19 campaign. PHOTO: ISL/SPORTZPICS

 

Seeking a first win

Dynamos coach Josep Gombau said the dwindling prospect of his team’s play-off chances will not mean that the Dynamos will not be going for its first win of the season. “We will try to win as many games as we can. We are also developing young players, so the future can be bright for us,” Gombau said.

With just four draws and a half a dozen losses to its name, Dynamos will have to invoke plenty of motivation to realise its first win.