With both teams at the half-way mark in the league having played nine matches each, the mood in both camps couldn’t be more contrasting.
The Dynamos have endured one of the worst spells seen in the ISL having picked up only four points in their games so far. Miguel Angel Portugal’s men have only one point to show for their efforts since beating FC Pune City in their opening match. The side has lost all their four home games so far this season, underlining their deep struggles.
It is difficult to pinpoint one particular department that the Dynamos have struggled in with the team misfiring on all fronts. However, their defense remains the biggest point of concern having conceded a whopping 24 times already, the worst in the league by a country mile.
They haven’t exactly flourished in attack either with just eight goals so far with the side desperately missing a proven goal-scoring outlet. Their Uruguayan playmaker Matias Mirabaje is serving a four-match suspension and his creativity in the middle of the park will be sorely missed.
They lost their first-choice goalkeeper Albino Gomes to a long-term injury and had to make an emergency purchase of Spanish custodian Xabier Irureta. Xabier himself had to be stretchered off with an injury in the defeat to Kerala Blasters and his participation on Sunday is unlikely.
On the other hand, Bengaluru FC has taken the ISL by storm in their maiden season and find themselves in the top half of the table at the half-way mark. With eight goals to his name already, striker Miku has led the line excellently for the Blues.
Tournament – Indian Super League 2017-2018
When: 5:30 PM (IST) on Sunday
Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India
Date – January 14, 2018
Last six performances of both teams in the Indian Super League 2017-18:
BFC – W, L, W, W, W, D
DDFC – W, W, D, D, L, L
Gurpreet (GK), Bose, Juanan, Bheke, Khabra, Dimas, Paartalu, Edu Garcia, Chhetri, Miku, Udanta
Arnab (GK), Lumu, Cichero, Moya, Kotal, Paulinho, Vinit, Nandha, Chhangte, Romeo, Ngaithe
(IndiaFantasy suggests picking more players of BFC over DDFC)
Paulinho Dias (DDFC)
David Ngaihte (DDFC)
Sunil Chhetri (BFC)
Juanan Antonio (BFC)
*(The aforementioned players are selected on the basis of their performance in their last match)
Being in their debutant season Bengaluru FC has done a remarkable job to fix a spot for themselves in the top two positions on the points table and that too just midway of the Indian Super League. Even though they would be the visiting team but they are the better team on sheets and on the ground. The home team would be happy even if they manage to get one point from this match, which is very unlikely given their defenses couldn't hold things right, conceding 24 goals already in this season. Our bet is on Bengaluru FC.
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