The defending champions, ATK take on home side, Delhi Dynamos FC in a pride restoring match in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi later tonight. Both teams are placed 8th & 9th respectively in the ISL League table this season.
It’s been a sorry state for both the sides this season.While Delhi seems to have found a way not to lose games in a streak, ATK has gone exactly the otherway round. They have lost five of their last six games. They are yet to register a win in post-Sheringham era. Ashley Westwood, who was once a successful name in coaching circles having achieved back to back titles with his former Indian side, Bengaluru FC, has failed to attract such results in his coaching stint with ATK.
Delhi Dynamos FC coach, Miguel Portugal will look to bank upon the likes of Kalu Uche, Chhangte, Romeo & Mirabaje to edge past ATK tonight with a few goals in the scoreline while for Westwood’s ATK, Martin Paterson will start off the game and could likely be replaced later by Marquee,Robbie Keane if the management deem him fit for this game. They will look to carve out a goal or two for the side which has been in never ending drought to score consistently. Ryan Taylor, Bipin Singh remains the key among the other names.
With the six teams already decided for direct entry into the Super Cup later to be held by the AIFF this year, these two teams have to go through the qualifiers to make an entry into the knockout tournament. So its just about showing up with some dignity and not faulter further to slide down as ATK is just leading by one solitary point to Delhi Dynamos FC and a loss will mean a 9th position in the league. That would be no less hurting to the ATK fans who turn out day in day out to support the red & white stripes!