Mumbai City FC take on Pune in Maharashtra Derby
Hosts Mumbai City FC might be desperate to file a vital win towards FC Pune City in the Maharashtra Derby tomorrow when the 2 sides face off in the Indian Super League.
Mumbai are presently languishing in seventh place with 17 factors after 13 matches and want a win to maintain alive their hopes of constructing it to the final 4 and qualifying for the play-offs.
On the opposite hand, the visiting Stallions are comfortably positioned second in the desk with 25 factors after 14 matches and can be equally keen to attain a win and increase their possibilities for the play-offs.
When the 2 teams met final in Pune in November, the Pune outfit edged out Mumbai 2-1 and the hosts would thus be desperate to avenge that loss and reclaim the bragging rights.
In their final three house video games, Mumbai City FC have suffered defeats by the hands of Jamshedpur FC (2-1), Bengaluru FC (3-1) and Kerala Blasters (1-Zero). Thus, the house players want to erase these reminiscences on the Mumbai Football Arena in the Andheri Sports Complex.
Mumbai’s defence, particularly Gerson Vieira and Lucian Goian, backed up by an alert custodian in Amrinder Singh must be on the alert.
In assault, Balwant Singh, Brazilian Everton Santos and attacking mid-fielders Brazilian Thiago Santos and Cameroonian Achille Emana can breach any good defence on their day and Pune’s stable backline this season might be no exception.
Pune have been in good type. Star striker Marcelinho, who has been a top-scorer for his aspect and additionally scored the one aim of the match to earn Ranko Popovic’s aspect a significant away win towards NorthEast United in their earlier fixture, has been in scintillating type not too long ago.
Along with the Brazilian, the guests additionally boast an efficient ahead line with Emiliano Alfaro and Diego Carlos to name upon.
Mid-fielders Baljit Sahni Issac, Vanmalsawma, Jonathan Lucca and new recruit Marko Stankovic have all put in spectacular performances to date this season.
While FC Pune City has been firing on all cylinders, their backline of Adil Khan, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez and Sahil Panwar together with in-form custodian Vishal Keith have proved they’re a troublesome nut to crack.
Spectators can thus anticipate an action-packed recreation when the 2 Maharashtra sides conflict.