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ISL Review: Delhi, Chennaiyin, Pune, NorthEast compete for semifinal spot; Kolkata, Goa qualify

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With only a handful of league matches remaining in the 2015 Hero Indian Super League, all teams will be eager to get positive results as they look to finish the season in the highest position possible.

While Atletico de Kolkata and FC Goa have already qualified for the semifinals, Kerala Blasters and Mumbai City FC have no chance of making it to the top four.

So now all eyes will be on Delhi Dynamos FC, NorthEast United FC, Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City as they battle it out for a place in the semifinals of the competition.

Last season’s winners Atletico de Kolkata were in a spot of bother in the first half of the season, when they lost three successive games against Pune City, NorthEast and Delhi Dynamos. However, the Bengal Tigers have been done well of late, picking up five wins in their last seven games. They were especially impressive in their last two games, recording convincing wins over FC Goa (4-0) and FC Pune City (4-1).

As a result, the Sourav Ganguly co-owned team have already qualified for the semi-finals, with a game in hand.

FC Goa have also qualified for the semifinals despite them going a little wayward of late, recording a defeat, draw and win in their last three games. Although Zico’s team have not been very consistent this season, failing to keep a win streak of more than two games, they seem to have done just enough, having qualified for the semifinals with a game in hand. They have been pretty flamboyant this season recording some big margin wins against Mumbai City (7-0) and Kerala Blasters (5-1).

Although Goa have already made it to the semifinals, they will be hoping to record a win in their last league game of the season.

Delhi will also be hoping to register a win in their next fixture against Kerala as a victory would see them comfortably seal a semifinal spot, with a game in in hand. Following their loss against Goa on the very first day of the season, Roberto Carlos’ team were excellent in their next run of fixtures, recording three back-to-back victories over Chennaiyin FC, Pune City and Kerala Blasters. They were a bit inconsistent in the middle of the season, drawing three games in a row, but they seem to have found their way of late, recording two wins from their last three games.

The Dynamos have still not qualified and still for the semifinals, and they need to get at least a point from their last two remaining games against Kerala Blasters and FC Goa.

NorthEast United are currently fourth in the table, but their chances of making it to the final four are quite slim as they currently have 17 points with only a game in hand. Even if they manage to record a win in their last fixture, they will only qualify if Chennaiyin FC and Pune City, who are currently just behind the John Abraham co-owned side, either draw or lose both their remaining fixtures.

Chennaiyin FC also have a difficult task ahead of them as they will need to take six points from their last two matches against Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City to qualify for the semifinals.

Finally, Pune’s chances of making to the semifinals of the ISL are entirely in their own hands as they next play take on NorthEast United and Chennaiyin FC in their remaining fixtures. However, they will need to record wins in both their games to qualify for the semifinals.

Hero Indian Super League 2015 Standings:

Position Teams Matches Played Wins Draws Defeats Goal Difference Points
1 Atletico de Kolkata 13 7 2 4 10 23
2 FC Goa 13 6 4 3 8 22
3 Delhi Dynamos FC 12 6 3 3 -1 21
4 NorthEast United FC 13 5 2 6 -6 17
5 Chennaiyin FC 12 5 1 6 6 16
6 FC Pune City 12 4 3 5 -4 15
7 Mumbai City FC 12 3 4 5 -8 13
8 Kerala Blasters FC 13 3 3 7 -5 12

 

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