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ISL Recap: Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City FC Gear Up Play-off Qualification

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| February 23 , 2018 , 15:56 IST

With few games remaining in the league season of ISL, top teams will be eyeing play-off spot confirmation. Leaders Bengaluru FC have 34 points and have already qualified. Teams still have three spots to fight for.

Pune City and Chennaiyin FC are separated by a single point in second and third position with former having 29 points and the latter with 28.

Last two games of both teams are with tough oppositions, and swapping of positions between the two is a possibility.

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New boys Jamshedpur FC have performed remarkably well, attaining 26 points from 16 games. They appear a solid contender to seal the last berth in the playoffs.

Perennial contenders Kerela Blasters and Mumbai City FC are still in the mix. Both of them have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs if they win the last two games and have favourable results from other teams.

FC Goa has 21 points with 15 games, but their hopes took a setback after suffering defeat against Delhi Dynamos. Even if they win the next three games, it’s a tall order to see them qualify past the aforementioned teams.

Defending champions ATK have had a woeful season, and sit 8th in the league. Scoring just 11 goals in 16 games, ATK possesses the record of least amount of goals this season. They will have to regroup and fight for the title next season, similar to Delhi Dynamos, who’ve only come alive in the latter part of the competition.

NorthEast United FC have played the most matches and have the least points as well, making them last in ISL 2017-18 standings.