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ISL Preview: Delhi Dynamos eye win against Kerala to improve league posititon

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Delhi Dynamos take on Kerala Blasters in the 53rd match of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.

While the outcome of this game does will not matter much to both the sides – the Dynamos have already sealed a place in the semifinals and the Blasters are out of the reckoning – both teams will be looking for nothing less than a victory.

Delhi, who failed to qualify for the Indian Super League (ISL) semifinals in 2014 (finishing in fifth place), have done much better this season under Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos.

After a 0-2 defeat on the opening day of the season against FC Goa, the Lions played well to win their next three fixtures against Chennaiyin FC (1-0), FC Pune City (2-1) and Kerala Blasters (1-0).

Despite losing their next fixture against Mumbai City, the Dynamos remained undefeated their next five games, before finally suffering a humiliating 0-4 defeat against Chennaiyin.

Finally a 2-1 victory over NorthEast United in their last fixture proved enough as Carlos’ mean sealed their place in the semifinals of the 2015 Hero ISL.

Now, the Dynamos will be look to win both their remaining games and finish at the top of the table. Earlier in the season, they just about managed to beat Kerala in the reverse fixture thanks to a late strike from Richard Gadze, and the Dynamos will hope hope to do the double over the Sachin Tendulkar-owned team.

Kerala, who were the runners up in the inaugural season of the ISL, have been very poor this season, remaining at the bottom of the table after managing only three wins so far.

Despite kicking off their season with an impressive 3-1 win over NorthEast United, the Blasters picked up only two points from their next six games, suffering four consecutive defeats in the process.

They were slightly better in their next six games, picking up seven points following two victories over Pune City and NorthEast United, but these wins did not prove to be enough as Kerala remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Now the Blasters have nothing to play for but pride as they prepare to take on Delhi Dynamos in their final Ieague fixture.

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