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Dynamos are value to hand leaders a second home loss.

FOOTBALL CHENNAIYIN v DELHI DYNAMOS 11am CHENNAIYIN lacked a cutting edge when they suffered their first home defeat of the season last time out, and a second straight reverse is on the cards, writes Steve Davies.

Marco Materazzi's men went into the game against FC Goa having already booked their place in the end-of-season semi-finals.

They played like a team with the pressure off, though they also looked blunt up front without their two top scorers, former Manchester City midfielder Elano and sparky young Colombian Stiven Mendoza.

Mendoza remains out against Delhi and even though Elano has recovered from a calf injury he'll only get a "few minutes" according to Materazzi, who needs his key man fit for the semis.

Win or lose, Chennaiyin cannot finish lower than second in the table, so will be at home in the second leg of their semi-final and therefore they are under little pressure.

But it's that absence of quality in the final third rather than the size of the stakes that could prove their undoing against Harm van Heldhoven's Delhi, who have won their last two away games at NorthEast United and Pune.

Delhi, who thrashed Chennaiyin 4-1 at home six weeks ago, have got Alessandro del Piero fully fit again though it's Brazilian Gustavo dos Santos who is catching the eye for the lads from the capital.

They will probably need to win to make sure of a top-four finish and have hit a rich vein of form at a good time.

Bet365 - 90 minutes: 10-11 Chennaiyin, 11-4 Delhi, 21-10 draw.

Half-time/full-time double result: 11-5 Chennaiyin-Chennaiyin, 7-2 Draw-Chennaiyin, 15-4 Draw-Draw, 6 Delhi-Delhi, 15-2 Draw-Delhi, 14 Chennaiyin-Draw, 14 Delhi-Draw, 25 Delhi-Chennaiyin, 40 Chennaiyin-Delhi.

Recommendation Delhi 1pt 11-4 bet365

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Dec 9, 2014
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