Over the last two weeks, the Islanders’ campaign has taken a positive turn. After a comfortable 2-0 win at home against Delhi Dynamos, Jorge Costa’s boys put up a gritty show away to Chennaiyin FC, coming back with a 1-0 win and more importantly, three crucial points.
Mumbai City FC stay on the road, making the long trip to Guwahati to face a high-flying NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Friday, November 9 at 7.30pm. Eelco Schattorie’s Highlanders have made the best start to an ISL season in their history, sitting in 3rd place with 11 points after five games.
The one man who has been making all the noise for the home side is new signing, Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche. The experienced hitman sits joint at the top of the golden boot race with 6 goals already and has been an influential figure along with Uruguayan attacking midfielder Federico Gallego.
Mumbai City FC head coach Jorge Costa, in his pre-match press conference, acknowledged that the Islanders will have their task cut out if they have to get a win in this fixture for the third year running and go home with 3 vital points going into the international break.
There has been no major team news for the Islanders over the past week, as Mumbai City FC come into this clash with no injury concerns or suspensions.
For the home side, head coach Schattorie will have selection headaches in the heart of his defence with centre back Mislav Komorski’s suspension extended to one more game and his partner Gurwinder Singh out injured.
Jorge Costa said, “It will be 11 vs 11 tomorrow, a level playing field. I am confident about the abilities of my players and I hope we can take home the three points.”
While winger Sanju Pradhan added, “NorthEast United FC will possess a strong challenge, especially in their home. They are a good team but we want to keep our winning run going.”