Jamshedpur, Dec. 10: Jamshedpur FC is gearing up for its sixth home game of Indian Super League (ISL) season 5 and the last encounter of 2018.
The Tata Steel owned franchisee which has received the tag of draw specialists after seven of their matches ended in a stalemate, have everything to play for in the match against bottom liners Delhi Dynamos at JRD Tata Sports Complex on December 12.
Jamshedpur FC has played 11 games with just three wins under their belt and a loss. The team has been sweating it out at the new training facility at the flatlets after their 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters on December 4.
The team is eager for a win after two successive draws and the players along with head coach Cesar Ferrando made full use of the week long break after the Kochi tie.
Jamshedpur will also be in quest of their third home win and give fans something to cheer for after the last match at the furnace ended in draw against NorthEast United FC.
Jamshedpur FC’s defense has been lackluster given the number of times they have drawn a match after being one or two goals up. Captain Tiri has been the lone warrior for the side which has been disorganized in the defense line which has been exposed in quite a few encounters this ISL season. It has lacked constructive approach from other partners at the centre-back. The same issue cropped up against Kerala Blasters but Memo and Bikash Jairu came to the rescue and denied the Southern side a handsome win.
JFC star Tim Cahill, Captain Tiri along with the whole squad was in attendance during the training on Monday. The team will have to register a win to keep afloat their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.
The hosts will be up against Delhi Dynamos, who are placed at the bottom of the ISL table, having lost six and drawn the rest of their ten games. The team which holds the record of failing to record a win in ten successive games in one season – a record across all five ISL editions, will be eager to register the first win of this season. Delhi Dynamos are out of the running for a playoff spot and will be looking to spoil the JFC party.
The Delhi team arrived on Monday night and will hold a practice session on Tuesday at the Tata Football Academy (TFA) ground.
The Furnace again is expected to be chock-a-block with fans as most of the tickets have been sold out and only a few Rs 200, Rs 250 and Rs 350 tickets are available.