Goa and Delhi, two teams in dire need of a win, go head to head on Sunday. Photograph: (Getty)
The two struggling teams face off tomorrow in Goa
FC Goa will be desperately looking for their first home win when they meet an equally struggling Delhi Dynamos FC in the seventh round of the Hero Indian Super League in Goa Sunday.
FC Goa, the last year's runners up, have been struggling this season, collecting only four points in their last six matches. They'rve given up more goals than any other team in the league, and lie at the bottom of the table
Richarlyson and Matheus Trindade have failed to dominate the opposition in the midfield, which lacks creativeness now that Leo Moura is gone. It's up to Jofre to lead the way in the midfield along with Pratesh Shirodkar.
Julio Cesar, who was the most impressive player upfront the last game, will lead the attack along with Robin Singh, who failed to impress in the last match. However, the home team has a good record against the Dynamos, having won five out of their last six head to head matches.
With the league heading the half way mark, Zico is keen that his squad put up a good team game and win tomorrow, so they can feel good when the second leg starts.
"Every game is important from now, and we need to win all matches to keep our chances alive to be in the first four. No team has dominated us so far, it is our finishing that has let us down, as we have failed to score from the numerous chances we have created in all our six matches we have played, and tomorrow we hope to convert the chances and win," said Zico.
Though the Delhi Dynamos started their campaign this season with a win they have since lost the plot, failing to collect full points from the last five matches. They are placed sixth with seven points from six games. Coach Gianluca Zambrotta will be hoping that his team post their second win tomorrow.
"FC Goa are a strong side and it will be very difficult to beat them at home. They have the advantage of playing at home and their players had good rest to recover from injuries. On the other hand, we have played against Pune City FC couple of days back and had no time to recover from injuries, but that cannot be an excuse and we have to do our best and win tomorrow in order to stay in the top four," said Zambrotta.
Marcelinho, the side's chief creator, has missed chances galore. Last time he missed a sitter and his efforts throughout the game won him a furrowed look from his Italian coach.
David Addy and Souvik Chakraborthy will retain their places as full-backs on the left and right side of defense respectively.Ruben Gonzalez is expected to begin this tie, with Anas Edathodika partnering him in central defense. Florent Malouda has controlled the midfield well, and is expected to do the same tomorrow along with Milan Singh. Richard Gadze, who has been a thorn in the rival's side, will be the key player for Delhi.
(With inputs from PTI)