Resurgent Mumbai to take on high-fliers Goa
Mumbai : Having tasted their maiden victory of the season in their previous game, Mumbai City FC would look to build up a winning momentum when they take on table leaders FC Goa in their Indian Super League football clash at the D Y Patil Stadium tomorrow.
India captain Sunil Chhetri twice found the mark in the convincing 2-0 win over Delhi Dynamos on October 21 to give marquee player-cum-coach Nicolas Anelka plenty to cheer about ahead of tomorrow’s clash against the Goa franchise.
Mumbai have garnered four points from four matches to occupy last on the league table and a victory tomorrow would take them to at least to the fifth spot in the eight-team table.
The clash against Goa will be Mumbai’s third successive home and they had lost the first against Chennai before reversing the trend in the next against the Delhi franchise.
While Chhetri’s goal-scoring efforts were commendable, he could not have accomplished it without the help of Haitian Sony Norde, who was brilliant with his balls skills and distribution, and the re-jigged midfield.
Anelka, who performed his role well in the dug-out, would be expecting another top-draw combined show against the Goa side coached by Brazilian legend Zico.
FC Goa, with 10 points, shot to the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Kerala Blasters at home and a clash between the two western India franchises tomorrow is expected to thrill the crowd in the Navi Mumbai venue.
Mumbai’s defence, backed up by seasoned custodian and captain Subrata Paul, held out well against the Dynamos and a repeat good show would be crucial to their fortunes in the tie.
Goa have scored eight goals so far in five games with medio Mandar Rao Desai and experienced Brazilian striker Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira scoring twice each.
Goa have conceded seven goals in five games so far, a very high margin, and this fact should encourage the Mumbai goal-poachers Chhetri, Norde and Subash Singh.