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Mumbai face tough task against Delhi


Mumbai :  Winless Mumbai City FC are bound to find things difficult against high-flying Delhi Dynamos when the two teams lock horns in an Indian Super League football game at the D Y Patil Stadium tomorrow.

The Nicholas Anelka-coached side is holding a solitary point in their kitty after a goalless drawn encounter with Kerala Blasters, while losing to FC Pune City (1-3) and Chennayin FC (0-2) in the other two games.

Mumbai’s big hopes of turning a new leaf at their home venue after the first two away games came to naught when they were thrashed 2-0 by Chennayin FC.

In three games, Anelka’s side has scored only once – in their opening Maharashtra Derby against FC Pune City. Mumbai, thus, would be eager to find the mark as well as notch up their first win of the season against Delhi.

Roberto Carlos-coached Delhi, on the other hand, would want to carry on their three-match victory streak further and the not-so-settled Mumbai offer them as fine a chance as any.

Possessing a hard-working midfield, they have been impressive in the past three games after having lost to FC Goa 0-2 in their season-opener.

Successive wins over Chennayin FC (1-0), Pune (2-1) and Kerala Blasters (1-0) have given them a shot in the arm and piloted them to the second spot on the league table with 9 points.

India forward Robin Singh, Brazilian Gustavo Santos and Richard Gadze of Ghana need to be closely monitored by the Mumbai deep defence.

The hosts’ midfielders would also face a tough battle against their Delhi counterparts manned by the likes of former France international Florent Malouda and Dutchman Hans Mulder.

In short, Mumbai need to find their feet quickly or else they would stay rooted to the 7th spot that they are occupying currently or even slide lower down to the last rung.

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