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ISL Preview: Delhi and Goa both eye win in first leg semifinal

Photo Courtesy: ISL's official website
Photo Courtesy: ISL’s official website

Delhi Dynamos and FC Goa come face to face in the first leg semifinal of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Delhi Dynamos

The Dynamos’ progress to the knockout stages of the 2015 ISL was already confirmed following a 2-1 victory over NorthEast United in their third last league fixture.

Perhaps due to this reason, Roberto Carlos’ men lost focus in their final two league fixtures, where they recorded a draw and a defeat against Kerala Blasters and Goa respectively.

However, the Dynamos will now be looking to get back on track as they prepare to take on Zico’s Goa in the first leg semifinal of the 2015 ISL.

The Dynamos, who narrowly missed out on the playoffs in the inaugural campaign of the ISL, finishing just a point behind the fourth placed Kerala Blasters, have been much better this time around, picking up 22 points compared to last season’s 18.

Still, Delhi have been far from flamboyant, recording their six wins (in the league stages) by the narrowest of margins.

However, the more worrying thing for Carlos ahead of this game will probably be the fact that his side have lost both their games (home and away) against Goa this season.

While Goa recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory against them at home in the two sides’ opening game of the season, Delhi were again beaten 2-3 by Zico’s side at the JNU stadium on the final day of the league stages, despite the Dynamos initially leading 2-0.

As a result, Carlos will probably be closely studying Goa’s style of play so that he can find some weakness, which his team will be able to exploit in the first leg of the semifinals on Friday.

FC Goa

Goa, on the other hand, have simply been superb this season, finishing at the top of the 2015 ISL table, with seven wins, four draws and three defeats in the league stages.

While Delhi have only managed narrow wins this season, Zico’s side have been just the opposite, recording some big-margin wins over Mumbai City (7-0) and Kerala Blasters (5-1).

Zico’s side will also be pretty confident ahead of the semifinals considering they have already beaten Delhi both home and away in the league stages this season.

The only thing worrying Zico ahead of this game would probably be his side’s performances at the back. While Goa have been dominant in most games so far this season, they have also been pretty poor, especially at the back, in some, suffering some crushing defeats against Chennaiyin FC (4-0) and Atletico de Kolkata (4-0).

They were also not very impressive in the opening stages of their final league fixture against Delhi, with Zico’s men conceding two goals in the first half. However, they did eventually turn things around as they ended up winning the game 3-2.

So Zico will certainly be looking to tighten things at the back as his side prepare to take on Delhi Dynamos in the first leg semifinal of the 2015 ISL.

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