Delhi is most probably the favourite ‘away’ venue for Northeast United FC. The Northeast United FC fan base in the city overpowers the supporters of Delhi Dynamos FC every time they play there. In 2015, when marquee Simao Sabrosa equalized with a breathtaking free-kick, the stadium erupted in joy as if it was a ‘home’ game of Northeast United FC.
Delhi Dynamos FC
Delhi’s unbeaten record so far in the league is under threat as they know Northeast United FC fans could very well turn their ‘home’ match into an ‘away’ match. Their coach Gianluca Zambrotta has even sent out special invitations to the Delhi Dynamos fans to come and support them. Brazilian Marcelo will be the trump card for Delhi Dynamos FC. The Brazilian’s finishing and technical ability has helped him score two goals so far. Another strong point they have is their marquee Florent Malouda who is well known for his assisting capability. Northeast United FC’s defence will be under constant attack if these two players are given enough space.
However, Delhi might be missing out on their first choice goalkeeper Antonio Doblas who suffered an injury in the last game against the Kerela Blasters and was replaced by Manipur’s Soram Poiren.
Northeast United FC
Nelo Vingada nicknamed ‘The Professor’ and the coach of Northeast United FC said that this will be the toughest match so far in the league for his team. He knows that Delhi has some good players who can cause an upset for his team. The key players for Northeast United will be Argentine Nico Velez, Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro who has scored 3 out of the 4 goals of Northeast United FC so far and nimble footed Japanese playmaker Katsumi Yusa. Northeast United FC will be without the services of Nirmal Chetri who was shown a red card in the last match against FC Pune City.
Even then, the defence will be strong with their captain Gustavo Lazzaretti along with strong Northeast Indian players like Robin Gurung and Reagan Singh. They will also be well supported by marquee Didier Zokora. In midfield, Goan player Rowlin Borges has been the most influential so far.
Delhi Dynamos FC: Marcelo Leite Pereira and Florent Malouda
Northeast United FC: Nicolas Velez and Gustavo Lazzeretti