From among the four teams jostling  for the lone available semi-final slot in second edition of Hero ISL, Chennaiyin FC are presently better-placed on the league table ahead of FC Pune City and NorthEast United FC - with a higher chance of making the knockout stage.

Chennaiyin FC will be guaranteed of a place in the semi-finals if they can put it across their next two opponents - Mumbai City and FC Pune City. They can also qualify with four points, if NorthEast United FC do not win by more than 13 goals in their concluding clash against FC Pune City in Guwahati on December 2.

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It's quite something for a team that was placed at the bottom of the ISL table sometime ago, but coach Marco Materazzi knows his team still has plenty of work to do as they prepare to face Mumbai City FC in the all-important 13th round clash at home.

"We have not qualified as yet. Tomorrow will be the most important game," Materazzi said at the pre-match briefing yesterday. Chennaiyin's resurgence has been down to two big victories in a row against Kerala Blasters (4-1) and Delhi Dynamos (4-0) thanks to their goal-scoring Colombian striker Stiven Mendoza, who is leading the race for Golden Boots Award with 10 goals.

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